travail trə-ˈvāl , ˈtra-ˌvāl noun and verb
noun: use of physical or mental energy; hard work
noun: concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
verb: work hard
The word travail has appeared in 122 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 5 in “Carlos Ghosn, Former Nissan Chairman, Nears Release From Jail” by Ben Dooley:
Carlos Ghosn, the high-profile auto executive whose legal travails have riveted Japan and global investors, is poised to leave jail after a court granted his latest request for bail.
A Tokyo judge approved Mr. Ghosn’s request midday Tuesday, ordering bail at 1 billion yen, or almost $9 million, and hours later he refused prosecutors’ arguments that Mr. Ghosn should not be freed. Prosecutors have repeatedly sought to keep Mr. Ghosn behind bars until trial.