travail (n.) "labor, toil," mid-13c., from O.Fr. travail "suffering or painful effort, trouble" (12c.), from travailler "to toil, labor," originally "to trouble, torture," from V.L. *tripaliare "to torture," from *tripalium (in L.L. trepalium) "instrument of torture," probably from L. tripalis "having three stakes" (from tria, tres "three" + palus "stake"), which sounds ominous, but the exact notion is obscure. The verb is recorded from late 13c.

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  • TRAVAIL — ON en a fait maintes fois la remarque: l’apparition du mot «travail» est relativement récente. Cela ne signifie certes pas que la réalité désignée par ce mot le soit également, ni qu’il existât jamais de sociétés se livrant à la complète oisiveté …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • travail — TRAVAIL. s. m. Labeur, peine, fatigue, soit du corps, soit de l esprit, qu on prend pour faire quelque chose. Grand, long, penible travail. se mettre au travail. quitter le travail. aimer le travail. se plaire au travail. fuïr le travail. endurer …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • travail — Travail, Opera, Labor, ou Traveil, est enim qui putet ductum a Transuigilare, id est, Peruigilare. Car traveiller, est diligentem operam alicui rei impendere, quod non fit sine fatigatione. Martialis: Nam vigilare leue est, peruigilare graue. La… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Travail — Trav ail (?; 48), n. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Travail — Tra vail , n. [Cf. F. travail, a frame for confining a horse, or OF. travail beam, and E. trave, n. Cf. {Travail}, v. i.] Same as {Travois}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Travail — Trav ail, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Travailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Travailing}.] [F. travailler, OF. traveillier, travaillier, to labor, toil, torment; cf. Pr. trebalhar to torment, agitate. See {Travail}, n.] 1. To labor with pain; to toil. [Archaic]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Travail — Trav ail, v. t. To harass; to tire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] As if all these troubles had not been sufficient to travail the realm, a great division fell among the nobility. Hayward. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • travail — index disaster, effort, endeavor, hardship, labor, strive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • travail — *labor, *work, toil, drudgery, grind Analogous words: *effort, exertion, pains, trouble …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • travail — literary ► NOUN (also travails) 1) painful or laborious effort. 2) labour pains. ► VERB ▪ undergo such effort. ORIGIN Old French, from Latin trepalium instrument of torture …   English terms dictionary

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