Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort; toil. synonym: work.
  • noun Tribulation or agony; anguish.
  • noun The labor of childbirth.
  • intransitive verb To work strenuously; toil.
  • intransitive verb To be in the labor of childbirth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A means of transportation, commonly used by North American Indians and voyageurs of the north and northwest, for the conveyance of goods or of sick or wounded persons.
  • To labor; toil; travel: same as travel, 1.
  • To labor in childbed; suffer the pangs of childbirth; be parturient.
  • noun Labor; toil; travel: same as travel, 1.
  • noun Labor in childbed; parturition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Labor with pain; severe toil or exertion.
  • noun Parturition; labor.
  • transitive verb obsolete To harass; to tire.
  • noun Same as travois.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To labor with pain; to toil.
  • intransitive verb To suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Obsolete form of travel.
  • verb To toil.
  • verb To go through the labor of childbirth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
  • noun use of physical or mental energy; hard work
  • verb work hard

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from travailler, to work hard, from Vulgar Latin *tripāliāre, to torture with a tripalium, from Late Latin tripālium, instrument of torture, probably from Latin tripālis, having three stakes : tri-, tri- + pālus, stake; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French travail ("suffering, torment").

Examples

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  • "2. To labor in childbed; suffer the pangs of childbirth; be parturient." --Cent. Dict.

    May 25, 2011