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Noun: travail  tru'veyl
  1. Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
    "she was in travail for six hours";
    - parturiency, labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], confinement, lying-in, childbed [archaic]
     
  2. Use of physical or mental energy; hard work
    "he got an A for travail";
    - effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat
Verb: travail  tru'veyl
  1. Work hard
    "Lexicographers travail all day long";
    - labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], toil, fag, grind, drudge, dig, moil [N. Amer]

Derived forms: travailing, travails, travailed

Type of: birth, birthing, do work, giving birth, labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], parturition, toil, work

Part of: gestation, maternity, pregnancy

Encyclopedia: Travail, famille, patrie