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travail

(trə-vāl′, trăv′āl′)
n.
1. Tribulation or agony; anguish.
2. The labor of childbirth.
intr.v. tra·vailed, tra·vailing, tra·vails
1. To work strenuously; toil.
2. To be in the labor of childbirth.

travail

[trəvāl′]
Etymology: OFr, travaillier, to work
1 physical or mental exertion, especially when distressful.
2 in obstetrics, the effort of labor and childbirth.
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It was a spirit of peace that was not of death, but of smooth-pulsing life, of quietude that was not silence, of movement that was not action, of repose that was quick with existence without being violent with struggle and travail.
For Johnson and Leach the travail of existence had ceased.
Ossipon sat rigid, with the abstracted gaze of mental travail.
It was a guarantee of duration, of safety, while the travail of maturing destiny went on--a work not of revolutions with their passionate levity of action and their shifting impulses--but of peace.
This satisfied the parish officers presently, and I lay in with as much credit as I could have done if I had really been my Lady Cleve, and was assisted in my travail by three or four of the best citizens' wives of Bath who lived in the neighbourhood, which, however, made me a little the more expensive to him.