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Definition 1: use of physical or mental energy; hard work - [noun denoting act]

Samples where travail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he got an A for effort
  • they managed only with great exertion

Synonyms for travail in the sense of this definition

(travail is a kind of ...) productive work (especially physical work done for wages)

"his labor did not require a great deal of skill"

(... is a kind of travail ) excessive exertion; so much exertion that discomfort or injury results

(... is a kind of travail ) an effort above and beyond the call of duty

(... is a kind of travail ) any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal

(... is a kind of travail ) a diligent effort

"it is a job requiring serious application"

(... is a kind of travail ) a sustained effort

"it was a long pull but we made it"

(... is a kind of travail ) the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit

"the doctor recommended regular exercise" "he did some exercising" "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"

(... is a kind of travail ) an intense or violent exertion

(... is a kind of travail ) the least effortful way to do something

(... is a kind of travail ) an effort that is inconvenient

"I went to a lot of trouble" "he won without any trouble" "had difficulty walking" "finished the test only with great difficulty"

(... is a kind of travail ) strenuous effort

"the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"

(... is a kind of travail ) effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure

Definition 2: concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child - [noun denoting state]

Samples where travail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she was in labor for six hours

Synonyms for travail in the sense of this definition

(travail is a kind of ...) the process of giving birth

(... is a kind of travail ) labor beginning prior to the 37th week of gestation

(travail is a part of ...) a rhythmic tightening in labor of the upper uterine musculature that contracts the size of the uterus and pushes the fetus toward the birth canal

(travail is a part of ...) shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labor

(travail is a part of ...) the presentation during labor of the head of the fetus at an abnormal angle

(... is part of travail) the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus

Samples where travail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She was digging away at her math homework
  • Lexicographers drudge all day long

Synonyms for travail in the sense of this definition

(travail is a kind of ...) be employed

"Is your husband working again?" "My wife never worked" "Do you want to work after the age of 60?" "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money" "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"

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