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travel definition

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This page has 15 definitions of travel in English and Norwegian Bokmål. Travel is a verb, noun and adjective. Examples of how to use travel in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English travel definition

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Etymology

From Middle English travelen (to make a laborious journey, travel) from Middle Scots travailen (to toil, work, travel), alteration of Middle English travaillen (to toil, work), from Old French travailler (to trouble, suffer, be worn out). See travail.

Displaced native Middle English faren (to travel, fare) (from Old English faran (to travel, journey)), Middle English lithen (to go, travel) (from Old English līþan (to go, travel)), Middle English feren (to go, travel) (from Old English fēran (to go, travel)), Middle English ȝewalken, iwalken (to walk about, travel) (from Old English ġewealcan (to go, traverse)), Middle English swinken (to work, travel) (from Old English swincan (to labour, work at)). More at fare.

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Verb

travel (third-person singular simple present travels, present participle travelling or (US) traveling, simple past and past participle travelled or (US) traveled)

  1. (intransitive) To be on a journey, often for pleasure or business and with luggage; to go from one place to another.
    John seems to spend as much time travelling as he does in the office.
    • 1930, Pickthall, Marmaduke (translator), The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, surah 28, verse 29:
      Then, when Moses had fulfilled the term, and was travelling with his housefolk, he saw in the distance a fire and said unto his housefolk: Bide ye (here). Lo! I see in the distance a fire; peradventure I shall bring you tidings thence, or a brand from the fire that ye may warm yourselves.
  2. (intransitive) To pass from one place to another; to move or transmit
    Soundwaves can travel through water.
    The supposedly secret news of Mary's engagement travelled quickly through her group of friends.
  3. (intransitive, basketball) To move illegally by walking or running without dribbling the ball.
  4. (transitive) To travel throughout (a place).
    I’ve travelled the world.
  5. (transitive) To force to journey.
    • 1633, Edmund Spenser, A Vewe of the Present State of Irelande  [], Dublin: [] Sir James Ware; reprinted as A View of the State of Ireland [], Dublin: [] the Society of Stationers, [] Hibernian Press,  [] By John Morrison, 1809:
      They shall not be travailed forth of their own franchises.
  6. (obsolete) To labour; to travail.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hooker to this entry?)
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Noun

travel (countable and uncountable, plural travels)

  1. The act of traveling; passage from place to place.
    space travel
    travel to Spain
  2. (in the plural) A series of journeys.
    I’m off on my travels around France again.
  3. (in the plural) An account of one's travels.
    He released his travels in 1900, 2 years after returning from Africa.
  4. The activity or traffic along a route or through a given point.
  5. The working motion of a piece of machinery; the length of a mechanical stroke.
    There was a lot of travel in the handle, because the tool was out of adjustment.
    My drill press has a travel of only 1.5 inches.
  6. (obsolete) Labour; parturition; travail.

Usage notes

  • Used attributively to describe things that have been created or modified for use during a journey.

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Norwegian Bokmål travel definition

Etymology

Possibly from French travail; compare with Danish travl.

Adjective

travel (neuter singular travelt, definite singular and plural travle, comparative travlere, indefinite superlative travlest, definite superlative travleste)

  1. busy

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Norwegian Nynorsk travel definition

Etymology

Possibly from French travail; compare with Danish travl.

Adjective

travel (neuter singular travelt, definite singular and plural travle, comparative travlare, indefinite superlative travlast, definite superlative travlaste)

  1. busy

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Westrobothnian travel definition

Etymology

From traväl.

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Noun

travel

  1. A jumble of tracks, footprints.