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Definition of work:

  1. Break; twist.
  2. Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physically labor.
  3. Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce.
  4. Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well.
  5. Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect.
  6. Performance of moral duties; righteous conduct.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The moving parts of a mechanism; as, the works of a watch.
  14. To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic.
  15. 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.
  16. To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil.
  17. To cause to ferment, as liquor.
  18. 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.
  19. To ferment, as a liquid.
  20. To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin.
  21. To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead.
  22. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.
  23. 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.
  24. To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion.
  25. 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.
  26. To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine.
  27. To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; esp., to work, as by repeated pressure with the knuckles, into a well mixed mass, as the materials of bread, cake, etc.; as, to knead dough.


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Usage examples:

  • Work while 'tis called 'to- day.

    - "The Emigrant Mechanic and Other Tales In Verse Together With Numerous Songs Upon Canadian Subjects", Thomas Cowherd.
  • I am going to give him work.

    - "The Bobbsey Twins in the Great West", Laura Lee Hope.
  • But for some reason Mr. Clode could do no work.

    - "The New Rector", Stanley J. Weyman.