- The definition of brightwork is metal trim that is kept polished, especially on a boat or ship.
An example of brightwork is the shiny metal rail of a sailboat.
A closeup of the bow of a boat showing the silver brightwork.
brightwork definition by Webster's New World
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unpainted metal trim or fittings, as on ships, kept bright by polishing
brightwork definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Metal parts or fixtures made bright by polishing.