Meaning of TRAVEL in English


I. ˈtravəl verb

( traveled or travelled ; traveled or travelled ; traveling or travelling -v(ə)liŋ ; travels )

Etymology: Middle English travellen, travailen — more at travail

intransitive verb

1. obsolete : travail


a. : to go or proceed on or as if on a trip or tour : journey

the country through which we have been traveling — Louis Bromfield

many young birds travel north during June — American Guide Series: Louisiana

the surge … traveled southwards along the coast — J.A.Steers

even ideas and emotions traveled slowly in those days — Clive Bell


(1) : to move or go as if by traveling : pass

my mind traveled back to a hot sultry day in the little … town — Rex Keating

her eyes traveled about the room — Mary R. Rinehart

US 190 travels through a wide stretch … of virgin pine — American Guide Series: Louisiana

most parts of the world are traveling toward a tighter system — Bertrand Russell

the path … for the inspired genius to travel by — H.J.Laski

(2) : to move or join in a company or group : associate

traveled in left wing circles — Oden & Olivia Meeker

— usually used with with

no harder a drinker than most of the crowd he traveled with — Robert Sylvester

the liberal intellectuals who … traveled with the party — Margaret Marshall

c. dialect : to go on foot : walk

did you travel or come by boat — American Guide Series: North Carolina

d. : to go on a specified circuit or route

in the frontier towns most ministers traveled

offering premiums for stallions to travel — Robert Jarvis

e. : to go from place to place as a salesman or business agent

salesman … was traveling out of St. Louis — E.A.Duddy

— often used with in

man who traveled in ladies' undies, wholesale — O.S.J.Gogarty


a. : to move, advance, or undergo transmission from one place to another

the bayonet entered the right rib cage … and traveled upward — Raymond Boyle

the pain … traveled all the way into his head — Ira Wolfert

the sound traveled onto the stage — Warwick Braithwaite

b. : to undergo transportation or dissemination

loup, like weakfish, travels poorly and should be eaten within a few hours after being caught — A.J.Liebling

cases … which travel in freight cars must be securely packed — Edwin Sutermeister

the whole concept of impressionism … didn't travel well — R.M.Coates

that typical regionalism which travels so poorly in literature — V.S.Pritchett

c. : to move in a given direction or path or through a given distance

the needles … travel down the face of the cam — W.E.Shinn

the crankpin travels in a circular path

the stylus travels in a groove

d. : to move briskly

the souped-up car can really travel

4. : to walk or run with the ball illegally (as in basketball)

transitive verb

1. obsolete : travail


a. : to journey through or over : traverse

everyone should travel at least part of its beautiful valley — Bernard DeVoto

traveled the twenty feet of green carpet with his eyes fixed straight ahead — Scott Fitzgerald

certain roads can be traveled only on horseback — W.E.Rudolph

b. : to follow (a course or path) as if by traveling : pursue

no other social right has traveled so arduous a road — V.L.Parrington

readers … often voyaged into the world celebrated by the romantic novelist, but few traveled the other way — J.D.Hart

c. : to pass over or along (a specified distance)

individual cells often have to travel great distances — New Biology

the modern travel book has itself traveled a long way from the formal diary — Geographical Journal

d. : to cover or visit (a place or region) as a commercial traveler

traveled the Midwest for a soft drink firm — Tom Siler

3. : to cause to travel : drive , ship

the beast … could scarcely be traveled upon a caravel — Galbraith Welch

choose the best time of year to travel cattle

traveling the stallion to different farms — Producing Farm Livestock

- travel light

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English travel, travail — more at travail

1. obsolete : travail


a. : the act of traveling, going, or journeying : passage

dislikes the discomforts of travel — Agnes Repplier

outlined the probable steps leading to travel in outer space — Current Biography

travel on the plateau is comparatively rapid — E.E.Shipton

b. : a journey especially to a distant or unfamiliar place : tour , trip

set out on another travel , this time to the Pacific — Current Biography

longest travel for a cake to make without a bruise — Postal Service News

to town and back is a long day's travel

— often used in plural

extended our travels to parts of the rugged mountains totally unknown — C.B.Hitchcock

3. travels plural : an account or narration of one's travels especially in book form

enjoys reading travels

4. : power or speed of movement

the most necessary qualifications of a dog are travel … and nose — Eric Parker

the new racing shell has tremendous travel

5. : the number of persons or things traveling : traffic

travel on the turnpike is heavy on holidays


a. : the movement or progression of something along a route or course

the farther the film tray is from the workplace, the more reach or travel is required — E.M.Harwell

during combustion the travel of the flame … should progress at a fairly uniform rate — Ernest Venk

a device to time the travel of satellites around the earth

b. : the motion of a piece of machinery especially to and fro in a prescribed line or direction

a timing device to make the high-voltage source perform at the set position of piston travel — Aircraft Power Plants

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