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 lithen (“to go, travel”) (from Old English līþan (“to go, travel”)) and Middle English ȝewalken, iwalken (“to walk about, travel”) (from Old English ġewealcan (“to go, traverse”)). Largely displaced fare (from Old English faran (“to travel, journey”) and Old English fēran (“to go, travel”)) More at fare.
- (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.
- (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.
- (intransitive, basketball) To move illegally by walking or running without dribbling the ball.
- (transitive) To travel throughout (a place).
- I’ve travelled the world.
- (transitive) To force to journey.
- (obsolete) To labour; to travail.
- 1707, Richard Baxter, The Practical Works of the Late Reverend and Pious Mr. Richard Baxter, page 646:
- Necessity will make men fare hard, and work hard, and travel hard, go bare, and suffer much; yea it will even cut off a leg or arm to save their lives;
- 1719, William Tilly, The Acceptable Sacrifice, page 335:
- We labour sore, and travel hard, and much Study is a Weariness to our Flesh; and of making many Books there is no End.
- 1794, “Resignation”, in A Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain.Volume 10, page 144:
- Man holds in constant service bound The blustering winds and seas; Nor suns disdain to travel hard Their master, man, to please;
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- The act of traveling; passage from place to place.
- space travel
- travel to Spain
- (in the plural) A series of journeys.
- I’m off on my travels around France again.
- (in the plural) An account of one's travels.
- He released his travels in 1900, two years after returning from Africa.
- 1903, Henry Yule, Arthur Burnell, Hobson-Jobson
- CALUAT, s. This in some old travels is used for Ar. khilwat, 'privacy, a private interview' (C. P. Brown, MS.).
- The activity or traffic along a route or through a given point.
- 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.
- (obsolete) Labour; parturition; travail.
- 1667, John Tanner, The hidden treasures of the art of physick, page 208:
- Hard Labour is when more vehement Pains and dangerous Symptomes happen to Women in Travel, and continue a longer time.
- Distance that a keyboard's key moves vertically when depressed.
- The keys have great travel.
- Used attributively to describe things that have been created or modified for use during a journey.
- (act of travelling): journey, passage, tour, trip, voyage
- (activity or traffic along a route or through a given point): traffic
- (working motion of a piece of machinery): stroke, movement, progression
- active travel
- air travel
- A to B travel
- time travel
- travel adapter
- travel agency
- travel agent
- travel book, travelbook, travel-book
- travel bug
- travel document
- travel guide
- travel sickness
- travel system
- “travel” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- “travel” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “travel” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “travel” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.