Toil \Toil\, n. [F. toiles, pl., toils, nets, fr. toile cloth, canvas, spider web, fr. L. tela any woven stuff, a web, fr. texere to weave. See {Text}, and cf. {Toilet}.] A net or snare; any thread, web, or string spread for taking prey; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster] As a Numidian lion, when first caught, Endures the toil that holds him. --Denham. [1913 Webster] Then toils for beasts, and lime for birds, were found. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]