Travail - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈtræveɪl|  American pronunciation of the word travail
Brit.  |ˈtraveɪl|  British pronunciation of the word travail

noun

- concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child (syn: childbed, confinement, labor, labour, lying-in, parturiency)
- use of physical or mental energy; hard work (syn: effort, exertion, sweat)

verb

- work hard (syn: dig, drudge, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil)

Examples

They finally succeeded after many months of travail.

...no greater travail than that of parents who have suffered the death of a child...

the travails of last year's water shortage

...Labor Day is the day on which we recognize those men and women who daily travail with little appreciation or compensation....

Word forms

noun
singular: travail
plural: travails
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