from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort; toil. See Synonyms at work.
- n. Tribulation or agony; anguish.
- n. The labor of childbirth.
- intransitive v. To work strenuously; toil.
- intransitive v. To be in the labor of childbirth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Obsolete form of travel.
- v. To toil.
- v. To go through the labor of childbirth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Labor with pain; severe toil or exertion.
- n. Parturition; labor.
- n. Same as travois.
- intransitive v. To labor with pain; to toil.
- intransitive v. To suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.
- transitive v. To harass; to tire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Labor; toil; travel: same as travel, 1.
- n. Labor in childbed; parturition.
- To labor; toil; travel: same as travel, 1.
- To labor in childbed; suffer the pangs of childbirth; be parturient.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
- n. use of physical or mental energy; hard work
- v. work hard
And if thou beest _in travail_, and punishest thy body reasonably and wisely, by wakings, fastings, and in prayers and meditations, and sufferest heat and cold, hunger and thirst, privation and anguish for the love of JESUS Christ; for this travail thou shalt come to rest that lasts aye, and sit on a settle of joy with angels.
The word travel, you'll recall, is derived from the word travail, which itself is derived from a word for an instrument of torture.
It is an allusion to a woman in travail, that is pained to be delivered, and welcomes her pains, because they hasten the birth of the child, and wishes them sharp and strong, that the work may be cut short.
The great travail is over, my friends, and I am back on top of my game.
So he said to himself, By Allah, all my travail is lost!
Each morn that dawns I wake in travail and in woe,
Chaldees, when they come on thee suddenly, as pangs on a woman in travail (Jer 6: 24)!
Thus he illustrates by a similitude taken from a woman in travail, to whose sorrows he compares those of his disciples, for their encouragement; for it is the will of Christ that his people should be a comforted people.
Present receivings and comforts are consistent with a great many groans; not as the pangs of one dying, but as the throes of a woman in travail -- groans that are symptoms of life, not of death.
Rachel had her heart much set upon children: the son she died in travail of she called