• WordNet 3.6
    • v travail work hard "She was digging away at her math homework","Lexicographers drudge all day long"
    • n travail use of physical or mental energy; hard work "he got an A for effort","they managed only with great exertion"
    • n travail concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child "she was in labor for six hours"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Travail Labor with pain; severe toil or exertion. "As everything of price, so this doth require travail ."
    • Travail Parturition; labor; as, an easy travail .
    • n Travail Same as Travois.
    • v. t Travail To harass; to tire. "As if all these troubles had not been sufficient to travail the realm, a great division fell among the nobility."
    • Travail To labor with pain; to toil. "Slothful persons which will not travail for their livings."
    • Travail To suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n travail Labor; toil; travel: same as travel, 1.
    • n travail Labor in childbed; parturition.
    • travail To labor; toil; travel: same as travel, 1.
    • travail To labor in childbed; suffer the pangs of childbirth; be parturient.
    • n travail 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. It consists of a rude litter made of two lodge-poles about 16 feet long, having one end of each pole attached on each side to a pack-saddle, the other end trailing on the ground. A kind of sack or bag is then made by lashing canvas or lodge-skins to the cross-bars, for the reception of the goods or the sick or wounded person. Also called travois, travee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Travail trav′āl excessive labour: toil: labour in childbirth
    • v.i Travail to labour: to suffer the pains of childbirth
    • n Travail tra-vā′ye an appliance used among some North American Indians as a means of transporting sick persons, goods, &c
    • Travail a kind of litter attached by two poles on each side to a pack-saddle, the other ends trailing on the ground:—pl. Travaux (tra-vō′)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. travail,; cf. Pr. trabalh, trebalh, toil, torment, torture; probably from LL. trepalium, a place where criminals are tortured, instrument of torture. But the French word may be akin to L. trabs, a beam, or have been influenced by a derivative from trabs,cf. Trave). Cf. Travel


In literature:

We travail and bring to the birth.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
And in that strange century the sorrow and the pain of a world in travail are as evident as its joy.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
I pointed out that by means of the system "Assistance par le Travail" the return could be increased fifteenfold.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
What losing of time it is to travail about things that no profit comes of.
"The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises" by Richard Rolle of Hampole
The consciousness, however, of a world in travail was always with her.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
For, without man, she were a mother ever in anguish of travail, and ever wanting a child to nurse with entire joy at her breast.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
Historie of Travaile into Virginia Brittania.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
My inward trials and travails had really reached a crisis.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The iron had entered into him, and he was no longer a Prince, but a mortal man undergoing travail and anguish.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
Le moment parait favorable pour s'occuper serieusement de ce travail.
"Movement of the International Literary Exchanges, between France and North America from January 1845 to May, 1846" by Various

In poetry:

And men shall travail,
And laugh and weep;
But we have vistas
Of Gods asleep,
With dreams as deep.
"Beata Solitudo" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
And oh, that He fulfilled may see
The travail of His soul in me,
And with His work contented be,
As I with my dear Savior!
"I Am Not Skilled To Understand" by Dora Greenwell
Hence all thy groans and travail pains,
Hence, till thy God return,
In Wisdom's ear thy blithest strains,
Oh Nature, seem to mourn.
"Fourth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Through the travail of the ages
Midst the pomp and toil of war
Have I fought and strove and perished
Countless times upon this star.
"Through a Glass Darkly," by General George S Patton Jnr
O well for him who ne'er hath known
The travail of the hungry years,
A father grey with grief and tears,
A mother weeping all alone.
"Tristitiae" by Oscar Wilde
You had no wealth of love. You failed
For that. Your heart may never cling
To men upon their crosses nailed,
To brothers sadly travailing.
"To A Politician" by Edward Dyson

In news:

They can offer cool respite from a day's travails.
Ladies and gentlemen, do you want to go to Travail.
Gary Condit's legal and financial travails just keep worsening.
TRAVAIL BAIL By Arley Steinhour 110112.
Pain Like Travail By Arley Steinhour 110112.
Pain, like Travail , fills the air, Everyone, now is pulling hair, Sixty Million, Problems share, Total wreckage, everywhere.
Sharrat's novel chronicles the travails of Hannah and May Powers, close English sisters who have been raised by their physician father.
A short while ago I wrote about the travails of getting a toddler to brush his teeth.
Disneynature's documentary Chimpanzee chronicles the travails of 3-year-old chimp Oscar.
After more than 50 years of following the trials and travails of the Detroit Lions, I've finally come to the conclusion that only one word describes the organization: Futile .
Sundance favorite looks at the travails of young love.
A moral romp through the triumphs and travails of prominent Westerners.
Movies about the travails of the comfortably middle-class often make us ask: Why should we care about the unhappiness of the well-to-do.
Jorge Posada's travails highlight Ivan Rodriguez's professionalism .
He also talks about the travails of travel.

In science:

Dans ce travail nous ´etendons un travail pr´ec´edent sur l’asymptotique de Weyl de la distribution des valeurs propres d’op´erateurs diff´erentiels avec des perturbations multiplicatives al´eatoires petites, en traitant le cas des op´erateurs sur des vari´et´es compactes.
Eigenvalue distribution for non-self-adjoint operators on compact manifolds with small multiplicative random perturbations
Ce travail sŠinspire des travaux dŠextension de lŠanalyse discriminante, par transfert de modèles gaussiens et transpose lŠidée au modèle logistique.
Transfer Learning Using Logistic Regression in Credit Scoring
The bottom line is that this is a new issue which must be added to the travails of finite density studies if one uses rooted staggered fermions.
Rooted staggered fermions: good, bad or ugly?
We have studied generic single-document summarization using the Canadian French Sociological Articles corpus, generated from the journal Perspectives interdisciplinaires sur le travail et la santé (Pistes)10 .
Beyond Stemming and Lemmatization: Ultra-stemming to Improve Automatic Text Summarization
We have studied generic single-document summarization using the Canadian French Sociological Articles corpus, generated from the journal Perspectives interdisciplinaires sur le travail et la santé (Pistes)6 .
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