- The definition of working is able to or used to complete a task or a job.
An example of working used as an adjective is in the phrase "working water mill."
- Working is defined as the process or action of completing a task.
An example of working is going to a job each day.
- that works
- of, for, used in, or taken up by work: a working day, working clothes
- sufficient to allow work to be done: a working majority
- on which further work is or may be based: a working hypothesis
- moving or jerking convulsively, as from emotion: said of the face, features, etc.
- the act or process of a person or thing that works
- the process of forming or shaping something
- convulsive movement or jerking, as of the face
- slow or gradual progress involving great effort or exertion
- a part of a mine, quarry, etc. where work is or has been done
- a. Performing work: a working committee.b. Operating or functioning as required: a working flashlight.
- Having a paying job; employed: working mothers.
- a. Spent at work: a working life of 40 years.b. Taken while continuing to work: a working vacation.
- a. Sufficient to allow action: a working majority.b. Adequate for practical use: a working knowledge of Spanish.
- Serving as a basis or guide for further work: a working hypothesis.
- The manner in which something operates or functions: the workings of the mind.
- The parts of a mine or quarry that have been or are being excavated.
- (usually plural) Operation; action.
- Method of operation.
- (of bodies of water) Becoming full of a vegetable substance.
From Middle English werking, werkynge, warkynge, worchinge, from Old English wyrcung (“working, work”), verbal noun of wyrcan (“to work”), equivalent to work + -ing. Cognate with Scots wirking, warking, Dutch werking, German Wirkung.
- Present participle of work.
- Leave him alone, he's working.
- That is or are functioning.
- a working ventilator
- That suffices but requires additional work.
- a working copy of the script
- In paid employment.
- working mothers
- Of or relating to employment.
- the working week
- Enough to allow one to use something.
- a working knowledge of computers
Variant of 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