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What Does Work Mean

Worknoun

Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something

Cleaning the basement was a lot of work.

Worknoun

Such effort or activity by which one makes a living; employment

looking for work.

Worknoun

A trade, profession, or other means of livelihood

His work is fixing cars.

Worknoun

The part of a day devoted to an occupation or undertaking

met her after work.

Worknoun

One's place of employment

Should I call you at home or at work?.

Worknoun

Something that one is doing, making, or performing, especially as an occupation or undertaking; a duty or task

begin the day's work.

Worknoun

An amount of such activity either done or required

a week's work.

Worknoun

The action or effect of an agency

The antibiotic seems to be doing its work.

Worknoun

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.

Worknoun

An act; a deed

"I have seen all the works that are done under the sun.

and, behold, all is vanity" (Ecclesiastes 1:14).

Worknoun

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.

Worknoun

works The output of a writer, artist, or composer considered or collected as a whole

the works of Bach.

Worknoun

works Engineering structures, such as bridges or dams.

Worknoun

A fortified structure, such as a trench or fortress.

Worknoun

Needlework, weaving, lacemaking, or a similar textile art.

Worknoun

A piece of such textile art.

Worknoun

A material or piece of material being processed in a machine during manufacture

work to be turned in the lathe.

Worknoun

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.

Worknoun

works Internal mechanism

the works of a watch.

Worknoun

The manner, style, or quality of working or treatment; workmanship.

Worknoun

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.

Worknoun

works Moral or righteous acts or deeds

salvation by faith rather than works.

Worknoun

(Informal) The full range of possibilities; everything. Used with the

ordered a pizza with the works.

Worknoun

(Slang) A thorough beating or other severe treatment. Used with the

took him outside and gave him the works.

Workadjective

Of, relating to, designed for, or engaged in work.

Workverb

To exert oneself physically or mentally in order to do, make, or accomplish something.

Workverb

To be employed; have a job.

Workverb

To function; operate

How does this latch work?.

Workverb

To function or operate in the desired or required way

The telephone hasn't worked since the thunderstorm.

Workverb

To have a given effect or outcome

Our friendship works best when we speak our minds.

Workverb

To have the desired effect or outcome; prove successful

This recipe seems to work.

Workverb

To exert an influence. Used with on or upon

worked on her to join the group.

Workverb

To arrive at a specified condition through gradual or repeated movement

The stitches worked loose.

Workverb

To proceed or progress slowly and laboriously

worked through the underbrush.

worked through my problems in therapy.

Workverb

To move in an agitated manner, as with emotion

Her mouth worked with fear.

Workverb

To behave in a specified way when handled or processed

Not all metals work easily.

Workverb

To ferment.

Workverb

To strain in heavy seas so that the joints give slightly and the fastenings become slack. Used of a boat or ship.

Workverb

To sail against the wind.

Workverb

To undergo small motions that result in friction and wear

The gears work against each other.

Workverb

To cause or effect; bring about

working miracles.

Workverb

To cause to operate or function; actuate, use, or manage

worked the controls.

can work a lathe.

Workverb

To shape or forge

"Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor" (Edgar Allan Poe).

Workverb

To make or decorate by needlework

work a sampler.

Workverb

To solve (a problem) by calculation and reasoning.

Workverb

To knead, stir, or otherwise manipulate in preparation

Work the dough before shaping it.

Workverb

To bring to a specified condition by gradual or repeated effort or work

finally worked the window open.

worked the slaves to death.

Workverb

To make, achieve, or pay for by work or effort

worked her way to the top.

worked his passage on the ship.

Workverb

(Informal) To arrange or contrive. Often used with it

worked it so that her weekends are free.

Workverb

To make productive; cultivate

work a farm.

Workverb

To cause to work

works his laborers hard.

Workverb

To excite or provoke

worked the mob into a frenzy.

Workverb

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.

Workverb

To use or manipulate to one's own advantage; exploit

learned how to work the system.

worked his relatives for sympathy.

Workverb

To carry on an operation or function in or through

the agent who works that area.

working the phones for donations.

Workverb

To ferment (liquor, for example).

Worknoun

Employment.

Worknoun

Labour, occupation, job.

My work involves a lot of travel.

Worknoun

The place where one is employed.

He hasn’t come home yet, he’s still at work.

Worknoun

One's employer

Worknoun

Effort.

Worknoun

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.

Worknoun

Sustained human effort to overcome obstacles and achieve a result.

We know what we must do. Let's go to work.

Worknoun

Something on which effort is expended.

There's lots of work waiting for me at the office.

Worknoun

(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.

Worknoun

A measure of energy that is usefully extracted from a process.

Worknoun

Sustained effort to achieve a goal or result, especially overcoming obstacles.

We don't have much time. Let's get to work piling up those sandbags.

Worknoun

(heading) Product; the result of effort.

Worknoun

The result of a particular manner of production.

There's a lot of guesswork involved.

Worknoun

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.

Worknoun

(countable) A literary, artistic, or intellectual production.

It is a work of art.

the poetic works of Alexander Pope

Worknoun

(countable) A fortification.

William the Conqueror fortified many castles, throwing up new ramparts, bastions and all manner of works.

Worknoun

The staging of events to appear as real.

Worknoun

(mining) Ore before it is dressed.

Worknoun

The equipment needed to inject a drug (syringes, needles, swabs etc.)

Tell me you're using clean works at least.

Workverb

(intransitive) To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers.

He’s working in a bar.

Workverb

Followed by in (or 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

Workverb

Followed by as. Said of one's job title

I work as a cleaner.

Workverb

Followed by for. Said of a company or individual who employs.

she works for Microsoft

he works for the president

Workverb

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

Workverb

(transitive) 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

Workverb

(transitive) To embroider with thread.

Workverb

(transitive) To set into action.

He worked the levers.

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to ferment.

Workverb

(intransitive) To ferment.

Workverb

(transitive) To exhaust, by working.

The mine was worked until the last scrap of ore had been extracted.

Workverb

(transitive) To shape, form, or improve a material.

He used pliers to work the wire into shape.

Workverb

(transitive) 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

Workverb

(transitive) To operate in or through; as, to work the phones.

Workverb

(transitive) To provoke or excite; to influence.

The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy.

Workverb

(transitive) To use or manipulate to one’s advantage.

She knows how to work the system.

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.

I cannot work a miracle.

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to work.

He is working his servants hard.

Workverb

(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

Workverb

To influence.

They worked on her to join the group.

Workverb

(intransitive) To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth.

Workverb

(intransitive) To move in an agitated manner.

His fingers worked with tension.

A ship works in a heavy sea.

Workverb

(intransitive) To behave in a certain way when handled

this dough does not work easily;

the soft metal works well

Workverb

To cause (someone) to feel (something); to do unto somebody (something, whether good or bad).

Workverb

To hurt; to ache.

Worknoun

activity directed toward making or doing something;

she checked several points needing further work

Worknoun

a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing;

it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works

the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work

he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey

the work of an active imagination

erosion is the work of wind or water over time

Worknoun

the occupation for which you are paid;

he is looking for employment

a lot of people are out of work

Worknoun

applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading);

mastering a second language requires a lot of work

no schools offer graduate study in interior design

Worknoun

the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it);

he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre

Picasso's work can be divided into periods

Worknoun

a place where work is done;

he arrived at work early today

Worknoun

(physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force;

work equals force times distance

Workverb

exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity;

I will work hard to improve my grades

she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor

Workverb

be employed;

Is your husband working again?

My wife never worked

Do you want to work after the age of 60?

She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money

She works as a waitress to put herself through college

Workverb

have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected;

The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought

How does your idea work in practice?

This method doesn't work

The breaks of my new car act quickly

The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water

Workverb

perform as expected when applied;

The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in

Does this old car still run well?

This old radio doesn't work anymore

Workverb

shape, form, or improve a material;

work stone into tools

process iron

work the metal

Workverb

give a work-out to;

Some parents exercise their infants

My personal trainer works me hard

work one's muscles

Workverb

proceed along a path;

work one's way through the crowd

make one's way into the forest

Workverb

operate in a certain place, area, or specialty;

She works the night clubs

The salesman works the Midwest

This artist works mostly in acrylics

Workverb

proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity;

work your way through every problem or task

She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived

Start from the bottom and work towards the top

Workverb

move in an agitated manner;

His fingers worked with tension

Workverb

cause to happen or to occur as a consequence;

I cannot work a miracle

wreak havoc

bring comments

play a joke

The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area

Workverb

cause to work;

he is working his servants hard

Workverb

prepare for crops;

Work the soil

cultivate the land

Workverb

behave in a certain way when handled;

This dough does not work easily

The soft metal works well

Workverb

have and exert influence or effect;

The artist's work influenced the young painter

She worked on her friends to support the political candidate

Workverb

operate in or through;

Work the phones

Workverb

cause to operate or function;

This pilot works the controls

Can you work an electric drill?

Workverb

provoke or excite;

The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy

Workverb

gratify and charm, usually in order to influence;

the political candidate worked the crowds

Workverb

make something, usually for a specific function;

She molded the riceballs carefully

Form cylinders from the dough

shape a figure

Work the metal into a sword

Workverb

move into or onto;

work the raisins into the dough

the student worked a few jokes into his presentation

work the body onto the flatbed truck

Workverb

make uniform;

knead dough

work the clay until it is soft

Workverb

use or manipulate to one's advantage;

He exploit the new taxation system

She knows how to work the system

he works his parents for sympathy

Workverb

find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of;

did you solve the problem?

Work out your problems with the boss

this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out

did you get it?

Did you get my meaning?

He could not work the math problem

Workverb

cause to undergo fermentation;

We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content

The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats

Workverb

go sour or spoil;

The milk has soured

The wine worked

The cream has turned--we have to throw it out

Workverb

arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion;

The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times

Worknoun

Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physical labor.

Man hath his daily work of body or mindAppointed.

Worknoun

The matter on which one is at work; that upon which one spends labor; material for working upon; subject of exertion; the thing occupying one; business; duty; as, to take up one's work; to drop one's work.

Come on, Nerissa; I have work in handThat you yet know not of.

In every work that he began . . . he did it with all his heart, and prospered.

Worknoun

That which is produced as the result of labor; anything accomplished by exertion or toil; product; performance; fabric; manufacture; in a more general sense, act, deed, service, effect, result, achievement, feat.

To leave no rubs or blotches in the work.

The work some praise,And some the architect.

Fancy . . . Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams.

The composition or dissolution of mixed bodies . . . is the chief work of elements.

Worknoun

Specifically: (a) That which is produced by mental labor; a composition; a book; as, a work, or the works, of Addison. (b) Flowers, figures, or the like, wrought with the needle; embroidery.

I am glad I have found this napkin; . . . I'll have the work ta'en out,And give 't Iago.

Worknoun

Structures in civil, military, or naval engineering, as docks, bridges, embankments, trenches, fortifications, and the like; also, the structures and grounds of a manufacturing establishment; as, iron works; locomotive works; gas works.

Worknoun

Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect.

Worknoun

The causing of motion against a resisting force. The amount of work is proportioned to, and is measured by, the product of the force into the amount of motion along the direction of the force. See Conservation of energy, under Conservation, Unit of work, under Unit, also Foot pound, Horse power, Poundal, and Erg.

Energy is the capacity of doing work . . . Work is the transference of energy from one system to another.

Worknoun

Ore before it is dressed.

Worknoun

Performance of moral duties; righteous conduct.

He shall reward every man according to his works.

Faith, if it hath not works, is dead.

Worknoun

Break; twist.

Worknoun

The causing of motion against a resisting force, measured by the product of the force into the component of the motion resolved along the direction of the force.

Energy is the capacity of doing work. . . . Work is the transference of energy from one system to another.

Worknoun

Ore before it is dressed.

Workverb

To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like.

O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work,To match thy goodness?

Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you.

Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake,Our life doth pass.

Workverb

Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well.

We bend to that the working of the heart.

Workverb

Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce.

We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.

This so wrought upon the child, that afterwards he desired to be taught.

She marveled how she could ever have been wrought upon to marry him.

Workverb

To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil.

They that work in fine flax . . . shall be confounded.

Workverb

To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea.

Confused with working sands and rolling waves.

Workverb

To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; - with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth.

Till body up to spirit work, in boundsProportioned to each kind.

Workverb

To ferment, as a liquid.

The working of beer when the barm is put in.

Workverb

To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic.

Purges . . . work best, that is, cause the blood so to do, . . . in warm weather or in a warm room.

Workverb

To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.

He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why they forbare to work them at that time.

Workverb

To produce or form by labor; to bring forth by exertion or toil; to accomplish; to originate; to effect; as, to work wood or iron into a form desired, or into a utensil; to work cotton or wool into cloth.

Each herb he knew, that works or good or ill.

Workverb

To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion.

So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stainsOf rushing torrents and descending rains,Works itself clear, and as it runs, refines,Till by degrees the floating mirror shines.

Workverb

To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead.

Workverb

To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin.

Workverb

To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine.

Knowledge in building and working ships.

Now, Marcus, thy virtue's the proof;Put forth thy utmost strength, work every nerve.

The mariners all 'gan work the ropes,Where they were wont to do.

Workverb

To cause to ferment, as liquor.

Tears of joy for your returning spilt,Work out and expiate our former guilt.

The sun, that rolls his chariot o'er their heads,Works up more fire and color in their cheeks.

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