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English noun: travail

1. travail (state) concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child


SamplesShe was in labor for six hours.


Synonymschildbed, confinement, labor, labour, lying-in, parturiency


Broader (hypernym)birth, birthing, giving birth, parturition


Narrower (hyponym)premature labor, premature labour


Part holonymasynclitism, effacement, obliquity, uterine contraction


Part meronymgestation, maternity, pregnancy

2. travail (act) use of physical or mental energy; hard work


SamplesHe got an A for effort.
They managed only with great exertion.


Synonymseffort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat


Broader (hypernym)labor, labour, toil


Narrower (hyponym)application, detrition, difficulty, diligence, exercise, exercising, friction, least effort, least resistance, overexertion, overkill, physical exercise, physical exertion, pull, rubbing, strain, straining, struggle, supererogation, trouble, workout


English verb: travail

1. travail (social) work hard


SamplesShe was digging away at her math homework.
Lexicographers drudge all day long.


Synonymsdig, drudge, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
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Broader (hypernym)do work, work









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