"travail" in the noun sense
1. parturiency, labor, labour, confinement, lying-in, travail, childbed
concluding state of pregnancy from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
"she was in labor for six hours"
2. effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat
use of physical or mental energy hard work
"he got an A for effort"
"they managed only with great exertion"
"travail" in the verb sense
1. labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moil
"She was digging away at her math homework"
"Lexicographers drudge all day long"
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