- The definition of work is something that relates to a person's job.
An example of work used as an adjective is work shirt, the type of shirt a plumber wears while working, commonly decorated with his company's name and his name stitched above the pocket.
- 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 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 defined as to put forth effort in order to accomplish something or to have a job.
An example of work is digging a ditch.
Farmers at work.
- 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 of workMiddle English werk ; from Old English weorc, akin to German werk ; from Indo-European base an unverified form werĝ-, to do, act from source Classical Greek ergon (for an unverified form wergon), action, work, organon, tool, instrument
intransitive verbworked, working
- 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 of workOE 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
- working or engaged in work
- operating: unseen forces were at work on the economy
get the works☆
give someone the works☆ 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 works☆ 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.)
- ☆ 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
- ☆ 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
- ☆ Informal to subject to harsh or cruel treatment, as by beating, torture, etc.
- ☆ 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
- a. Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something: Cleaning the basement was a lot of work.b. Such effort or activity by which one makes a living; employment: looking for work.c. A trade, profession, or other means of livelihood: His work is fixing cars.
- 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 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.c. The action or effect of an agency: The antibiotic seems to be doing its work.
- a. Something that has been produced or accomplished through the effort, activity, or agency of a person or thing: This scheme was the work of a criminal mastermind. Erosion is the work of wind, water, and time.b. An act; a deed: “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:14).c. An artistic creation, such as a painting, sculpture, or literary or musical composition, or a creative result of other human activity: an early work of Matisse; a scholarly work of great importance.d. works The output of a writer, artist, or composer considered or collected as a whole: the works of Bach.
- 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 application of a force to move a body in a certain direction. It is calculated as the product of the force and the distance over which it is applied 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.
verbworked worked also wrought , work·ing, 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 of workMiddle English, from Old English weorc; see werg- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural works)
- (uncountable) Employment.
- (uncountable) Effort.
- Effort expended on a particular task.
- Holding a brick over your head is hard work. It takes a lot of work to write a dictionary.
- (physics) A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance. No work is done if the object does not move.
- Work is done against friction to drag a bag along the ground.
- (thermodynamics) A nonthermal First Law energy in transit between one form or repository and another. Also, a means of accomplishing such transit. .
- Effort expended on a particular task.
- Product; the result of effort.
- (uncountable, often in combination) The result of a particular manner of production.
- There's a lot of guesswork involved.
- (uncountable, often in combination) Something produced using the specified material or tool.
- We've got some paperwork to do before we can get started. The piece was decorated with intricate filigree work.
- (countable) A literary, artistic, or intellectual production.
- It is a work of art.
- the poetic works of Alexander Pope
- (countable) A fortification.
- William the Conqueror fortified many castles, throwing up new ramparts, bastions and all manner of works.
- (uncountable, often in combination) The result of a particular manner of production.
- (uncountable, slang, professional wrestling) The staging of events to appear as real.
- (mining) Ore before it is dressed.
From Old English weorc, worc, from Proto-Germanic *werką, from Proto-Indo-European *wérǵom; akin to Old Frisian werk, wirk, Old Saxon werk, Dutch werk, German Werk, Old High German werc, werah, Icelandic verk, Swedish verk, Danish værk, Gothic (gawaúrki), Ancient Greek ἔργον (érgon, “work”) (from ϝέργον (wergon)), Avestan (vərəz, “to work, to perform”), Armenian գործ (gorc, “work”), Albanian argëtoj (“entertain, reward, please”). English cognates include bulwark, energy, erg, georgic, liturgy, metallurgy, organ, surgeon, wright.
(third-person singular simple present works, present participle working, simple past and past participle worked or rarely wrought)
- (intransitive) To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers.
- He’s working in a bar.
- Followed by in (at, etc.) Said of one's workplace (building), or one's department, or one's trade (sphere of business).
- I work in a national park; she works in the human resources department; he mostly works in logging, but sometimes works in carpentry
- Followed by as. Said of one's job title
- I work as a cleaner.
- Followed by for. Said of a company or individual who employs.
- she works for Microsoft; he works for the president
- Followed by with. General use, said of either fellow employees or instruments or clients.
- I work closely with my Canadian counterparts; you work with computers; she works with the homeless people from the suburbs
- To effect by gradual degrees.
- he worked his way through the crowd; the dye worked its way through; using some tweezers, she worked the bee sting out of her hand
- To embroider with thread.
- To set into action.
- He worked the levers.
- To cause to ferment.
- (intransitive) To ferment.
- To exhaust, by working.
- To shape, form, or improve a material.
- He used pliers to work the wire into shape.
- To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality.
- she works the night clubs; the salesman works the Midwest; this artist works mostly in acrylics
- To operate in or through; as, to work the phones.
- To provoke or excite; to influence.
- The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy.
- To use or manipulate to one’s advantage.
- She knows how to work the system.
- To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.
- I cannot work a miracle.
- To cause to work.
- He is working his servants hard.
- (intransitive) To function correctly; to act as intended; to achieve the goal designed for.
- he pointed at the car and asked, "Does it work"?; he looked at the bottle of pain pills, wondering if they would work; my plan didn’t work
- (intransitive, figuratively) To influence.
- They worked on her to join the group.
- (intransitive) To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth.
- (intransitive) To move in an agitated manner.
- His fingers worked with tension.
- A ship works in a heavy sea.
- (intransitive) To behave in a certain way when handled;
- this dough does not work easily; the soft metal works well
- (with two objects, poetic) To cause (someone) to feel (something).
From Old English wyrċan, from Proto-Germanic *wurkijaną (“to work”), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵ- (“to work”). Cognate with Old Frisian werka, wirka, Old Saxon wirkian, Low German warken, Dutch werken, Old High German wurken (German wirken, werken and werkeln), Old Norse yrkja and orka, (Swedish yrka and orka), Gothic (waurkjan).
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.