- The definition of work is something that relates to a person's job.
An example of work is the type of shirt a plumber wears with his company's name and his name stitched on the pocket.
- Work is physical or mental effort in order to produce or accomplish something.
An example of work is a day spent preparing soil for planting.
- Work is an occupation or something that someone does or has done.
- An example of work is a job as an accountant.
- An example of work is someone having plumbing done at their house.
- Work is defined as to put forth effort in order to accomplish something or to have a job.
An example of work is digging a ditch.
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- physical or mental effort exerted to do or make something; purposeful activity; labor; toil
- employment at a job or in a position
- occupation, profession, business, trade, craft, etc.
- something one is making, doing, or acting upon, esp. as part of one's occupation or duty; task; undertaking: to bring work home from the office
- the amount of this: a day's work
- something that has been made or done; result of a specific kind of activity or way of working [to have dental work done, skillful brushwork]; specif.,
- an act; deed: usually used in pl.: a person of good works
- collected writings: the works of Poe
- engineering structures, as bridges, dams, docks, etc.
- a fortification
- needlework; embroidery
- work of art
- material that is being or is to be processed, as in a machine tool, in some state of manufacture
- a place where work is done, as a factory, public utility plant, etc.: often in combination: steelworks, gasworks
- manner, style, quality, rate, etc. of working; workmanship
- foam due to fermentation, as in cider
- the action of, or effect produced by, natural forces
- Mech. the product of force and the amount of displacement in the direction of that force: it is the means by which energy is transferred from one object or system to another: abbrev. W
- Theol. acts done in compliance with religious laws or duties or aimed at fulfilling religious ideals
Origin: Middle English werk from Old English weorc, akin to German werk from Indo-European base an unverified form werĝ-, to do, act from source Glassical Greek ergon (for an unverified form wergon), action, work, organon, tool, instrument
- to exert oneself in order to do or make something; do work; labor; toil
- to be employed
- to perform its required or expected function; operate or act as specified
- to operate effectively; be effectual: a makeshift arrangement that works
- to undergo fermentation
- to produce results or exert an influence: let it work in their minds
- to be manipulated, kneaded, etc.: putty that works easily
- to move, proceed, etc. slowly and with or as with difficulty
- to move, twitch, etc. as from agitation: his face worked with emotion
- to change into a specified condition, as by repeated movement: the door worked loose
- Naut. to strain, as in a storm, so that the fastenings become slack: said of a ship
Origin: OE wyrcan, wercan
- to cause; bring about; effect: an idea that worked harm
- to mold; shape; form: to work silver
- to sew, embroider, etc.: to work a sampler
- to solve (a mathematical problem, puzzle, etc.)
- to draw, paint, carve, etc. (a portrait or likeness)
- to manipulate; knead: to work dough
- to bring into a specified condition, as by movement back and forth: to work a nail loose
- to cultivate (soil)
- to cause to function; operate; manage; use: to work a pump
- to cause fermentation in
- to cause to work: to work a crew hard
- to influence; persuade: to work someone around to one's way of thinking
- to make (one's way, passage, etc.) by work or effort
- to provoke; rouse; excite: to work oneself into a rage
- to carry on activity in, along, etc.; cover: a salesman working his territory
- Informal to make use of, esp. by artful contriving: to work one's connections
- ☆ Informal to use one's influence, charm, etc. on (a person) to gain some profit or advantage
- ☆ Slang to move through (a crowd or room) greeting people, shaking hands, etc.: said esp. of a politician
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- Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something.
- a. A job; employment: looking for work.b. A trade, profession, or other means of livelihood.
- a. Something that one is doing, making, or performing, especially as an occupation or undertaking; a duty or task: begin the day's work.b. An amount of such activity either done or required: a week's work.
- a. The part of a day devoted to an occupation or undertaking: met her after work.b. One's place of employment: Should I call you at home or at work?
- a. Something that has been produced or accomplished through the effort, activity, or agency of a person or thing: This story is the work of an active imagination. Erosion is the work of wind, water, and time.b. Full action or effect of an agency: The sleeping pills did their work.c. An act; a deed: “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:14).
- a. An artistic creation, such as a painting, sculpture, or literary or musical composition; a work of art.b. works The output of a writer, artist, or musician considered or collected as a whole: the works of Shakespeare.
- a. works Engineering structures, such as bridges or dams.b. A fortified structure, such as a trench or fortress.
- a. Needlework, weaving, lacemaking, or a similar textile art.b. A piece of such textile art.
- A material or piece of material being processed in a machine during manufacture: work to be turned in the lathe.
- works (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A factory, plant, or similar building or complex of buildings where a specific type of business or industry is carried on. Often used in combination: a steelworks.
- works Internal mechanism: the works of a watch.
- The manner, style, or quality of working or treatment; workmanship.
- Abbr. w Physics The transfer of energy from one physical system to another, especially the transfer of energy to a body by the application of a force that moves the body in the direction of the force. It is calculated as the product of the force and the distance through which the body moves and is expressed in joules, ergs, and foot-pounds.
- works Moral or righteous acts or deeds: salvation by faith rather than works.
- worksa. Informal The full range of possibilities; everything. Used with the: ordered a pizza with the works.b. Slang A thorough beating or other severe treatment. Used with the: took him outside and gave him the works.
- To exert oneself physically or mentally in order to do, make, or accomplish something.
- To be employed; have a job.
- a. To function; operate: How does this latch work?b. To function or operate in the desired or required way: The telephone hasn't worked since the thunderstorm.
- a. To have a given effect or outcome: Our friendship works best when we speak our minds.b. To have the desired effect or outcome; prove successful: This recipe seems to work.
- To exert an influence. Used with on or upon: worked on her to join the group.
- To arrive at a specified condition through gradual or repeated movement: The stitches worked loose.
- To proceed or progress slowly and laboriously: worked through the underbrush; worked through my problems in therapy.
- To move in an agitated manner, as with emotion: Her mouth worked with fear.
- To behave in a specified way when handled or processed: Not all metals work easily.
- To ferment.
- Nautical a. To strain in heavy seas so that the joints give slightly and the fastenings become slack. Used of a boat or ship.b. To sail against the wind.
- To undergo small motions that result in friction and wear: The gears work against each other.
- To cause or effect; bring about: working miracles.
- To cause to operate or function; actuate, use, or manage: worked the controls; can work a lathe.
- To shape or forge: “Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor” (Edgar Allan Poe).
- To make or decorate by needlework: work a sampler.
- To solve (a problem) by calculation and reasoning.
- To knead, stir, or otherwise manipulate in preparation: Work the dough before shaping it.
- To bring to a specified condition by gradual or repeated effort or work: finally worked the window open; worked the slaves to death.
- To make, achieve, or pay for by work or effort: worked her way to the top; worked his passage on the ship.
- Informal To arrange or contrive. Often used with it: worked it so that her weekends are free.
- To make productive; cultivate: work a farm.
- To cause to work: works his laborers hard.
- To excite or provoke: worked the mob into a frenzy.
- Informal a. To gratify, cajole, or enchant artfully, especially for the purpose of influencing: The politician worked the crowd. The comedian worked the room with flawless rhythm.b. To use or manipulate to one's own advantage; exploit: learned how to work the system; worked his relatives for sympathy.
- To carry on an operation or function in or through: the agent who works that area; working the phones for donations.
- To ferment (liquor, for example).
Origin: Middle English, from Old English weorc; see werg- in Indo-European roots.
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work - Computer Definition
That which is the result of labor. A work may be written text of any kind, a graphic image, an audio recording, a video clip, a motion picture, choreography, sculpture, a painting, music, architecture or program source code.
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work - Phrases/Idioms
- working or engaged in work
- operating unseen forces were at work on the economy
get the worksâ
give someone the worksâ Slang
- to murder someone
- to subject someone to an ordeal, either maliciously or jokingly
in the works
make short work ofor make quick work of
out of work
shoot the worksâ Slang
- to risk everything on one chance or play
- to make a supreme effort or attempt
- the working parts or mechanism (of a watch, clock, etc.)
- â Informal
- all possible accessories, extras, etc.
- everything that can be includedusually the whole works
- to introduce or insert
- to be introduced or inserted
- to get rid of or dissipate, as by exertion
- â to pay (a debt or obligation) by work rather than with money
work onor work upon
- to influence
- to try to persuade
- to make its way out, as from being embedded
- to exhaust (a mine, etc.)
- work off (sense )
- to bring about by work; accomplish
- to solve
- to calculate
- to result in some way things did not work out as planned
- to add up to a total (at a specified amount)
- to develop; elaborate
- to put into practice
- to engage in a training session or program for physical fitness or athletic skill
- to work or do again
- â Informal to subject to harsh or cruel treatment, as by beating, torture, etc.
- â to make one's (or its) way up; advance; rise
- to manipulate, mix, etc. into a specified object or shape
- to develop; elaborate
- to acquire knowledge of or skill at
- to arouse; excite
- Slang to bring about or cause (a sweat) by vigorous activity
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- Engaged in labor; working: at work on a new project.
- In operation: inflationary forces at work in the economy.
in the works
out of work
put in work
work both sides of the street
work like a charm
work (one's) fingers to the bone
work - Science Definition
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