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factory, mill, plant; workshop; mechanism, working parts; action, movement; fortification; artistic creations; abuse, beating
labor; act; operate; activate; process; succeed; cause; manage; solve; advance with difficulty
labor; task; profession; occupation; vocation; place of work; creation; deed; action; effort
Works Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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1. buildings for carrying on industrial labor; "they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles" [syn: plant, industrial plant ]

2. everything available; usually preceded by `the'; "we saw the whole shebang"; "a hotdog with the works"; "we took on the whole caboodle"; "for $10 you get the full treatment" [syn: whole shebang, whole kit and caboodle, kit and caboodle , whole kit and boodle, kit and boodle, whole kit , whole caboodle, whole works, full treatment]

3. performance of moral or religious acts; "salvation by deeds" or "the reward for good works" [syn: deeds]

4. the internal mechanism of a device [syn: workings]

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The Phrase Finder
Deliberately causing mayhem. John Lennon used a play on this in his book 'A Spaniard in the Works'. Like most of us growing up in Britain in the 1950s Lennon was a fan of 'Professor' Stanley Unwin - a comic turn who spoke in a stream of inspired Spooneristic gobbledegook. The title owes much to Unwin's influence.
The phrase refers to the adverse effects of throwing a spanner into the gears and pistons of an engine.
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English Idioms WM 1.3a
it is right, it looks nice, it is a good style
If you place the vase over there and the statue here, it works.
is right, is fine, is appropriate
Plaintive - that's the right word! It works!
English Phonetics
Australian Slang
any cause of confusion or impediment
WordNet 2.0

1. buildings for carrying on industrial labor; "they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles"
(synonym) plant, industrial plant
(hypernym) building complex, complex
(hyponym) bottling plant
2. everything available; usually preceded by `the'; "we saw the whole shebang"; "a hotdog with the works"; "we took on the whole caboodle"; "for $10 you get the full treatment"
(synonym) whole shebang, whole kit and caboodle, kit and caboodle, whole kit and boodle, kit and boodle, whole kit, whole caboodle, whole works, full treatment
(hypernym) entirety, entireness, totality
3. performance of moral or religious acts; "salvation by deeds"; "the reward for good works"
(synonym) deeds
(hypernym) activity
4. the internal mechanism of a device
(synonym) workings
(hypernym) mechanism

1. activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
(hypernym) activity
(hyponym) wash, washing, lavation
2. 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"
(synonym) piece of work
(hypernym) product, production
(hyponym) follow-up, followup
(derivation) act
3. the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"
(synonym) employment
(hypernym) occupation, business, job, line of work, line
(hyponym) coaching, coaching job
(derivation) put to work
4. 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"
(synonym) study
(hypernym) learning, acquisition
5. 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"
(synonym) oeuvre, body of work
(hypernym) end product, output
(hyponym) writing
6. a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
(synonym) workplace
(hypernym) geographic point, geographical point
(hyponym) bakery, bakeshop, bakehouse
(part-meronym) locker room
7. (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"
(hypernym) energy
(classification) physics, physical science, natural philosophy

1. 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"
(antonym) idle, laze, slug, stagnate
(hyponym) work through, run through, go through
(verb-group) do work
(derivation) actor, doer, worker
2. 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"
(synonym) do work
(hyponym) serve
(verb-group) put to work
(derivation) employment
3. 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"
(synonym) act
(hypernym) succeed, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods
(verb-group) bring, play, wreak, make for
(derivation) piece of work
4. 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"
(synonym) function, operate, go, run
(hyponym) double
(verb-group) run
5. shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"
(synonym) work on, process
(hypernym) transform, transmute, transubstantiate
(hyponym) coldwork, cold work
(verb-group) shape, form, mold, mould, forge
6. give a work-out to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"
(synonym) exercise, work out
(hypernym) put to work
(hyponym) warm up
(cause) exercise, work out
(verb-group) exercise, work out
7. proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"
(synonym) make
(hypernym) pass, go through, go across
(hyponym) claw
8. operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics"
(verb-group) do work
9. 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"
(hypernym) go, proceed, move
(verb-group) make
10. move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with tension"
(hypernym) move, displace
11. 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"
(synonym) bring, play, wreak, make for
(hypernym) make, create
(verb-group) act
12. cause to work; "he is working his servants hard"
(synonym) put to work
(hypernym) use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ
(hyponym) exercise, work out
(cause) do work
(verb-group) do work
(derivation) employment
13. prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"
(synonym) cultivate, crop
(hypernym) fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set
(hyponym) overcrop, overcultivate
(verb-group) knead
(classification) farming, agriculture, husbandry
14. behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
(hypernym) be
(verb-group) knead
15. have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
(synonym) influence, act upon
(hypernym) affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch
(hyponym) prejudice, prepossess
16. operate in or through; "Work the phones"
(hypernym) operate, run
17. cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
(hypernym) manage, deal, care, handle
18. provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
(hypernym) stimulate, excite, stir
19. gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds"
(hypernym) capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant
20. 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"
(synonym) shape, form, mold, mould, forge
(hypernym) create from raw material, create from raw stuff
(hyponym) carve
(verb-group) work on, process
21. 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"
(hypernym) move, displace
(hyponym) stir
22. make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft"
(synonym) knead
(hypernym) manipulate
(hyponym) proof
(verb-group) cultivate, crop
23. 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"
(synonym) exploit
(hypernym) use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ
(hyponym) make hay
24. 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"
(synonym) solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick
(hypernym) understand
(hyponym) answer, resolve
(entail) reason
25. 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"
(synonym) ferment
(hypernym) convert
(hyponym) vinify
(cause) sour, turn, ferment
(verb-group) sour, turn, ferment
26. go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
(synonym) sour, turn, ferment
(hypernym) change state, turn
(verb-group) ferment
27. arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
(hypernym) become, go, get
Works Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Works may refer to:
  • Earthworks (engineering), created through moving soil or unformed rock
  • Public works, engineering projects carried out by the state for the community
  • Waterworks, water supply systems
  • Good works in Christianity
  • Karma, literally "deeds", in Hinduism
  • Factory-backed cars in motorsports

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Works Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
The old objection against the doctrine of salvation by grace, that it does away with the necessity of good works, and lowers the sense of their importance (Rom. 6), although it has been answered a thousand times, is still alleged by many. They say if men are not saved by works, then works are not necessary. If the most moral of men are saved in the same way as the very chief of sinners, then good works are of no moment. And more than this, if the grace of God is most clearly displayed in the salvation of the vilest of men, then the worse men are the better. The objection has no validity. The gospel of salvation by grace shows that good works are necessary. It is true, unchangeably true, that without holiness no man shall see the Lord. "Neither adulterers, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards" shall inherit the kingdom of God. Works are "good" only when, (1) they spring from the principle of love to God. The moral character of an act is determined by the moral principle that prompts it. Faith and love in the heart are the essential elements of all true obedience. Hence good works only spring from a believing heart, can only be wrought by one reconciled to God (Eph. 2:10; James 2:18:22). (2.) Good works have the glory of God as their object; and (3) they have the revealed will of God as their only rule (Deut. 12:32; Rev. 22:18, 19). Good works are an expression of gratitude in the believer's heart (John 14:15, 23; Gal. 5:6). They are the fruits of the Spirit (Titus 2:10-12), and thus spring from grace, which they illustrate and strengthen in the heart. Good works of the most sincere believers are all imperfect, yet like their persons they are accepted through the mediation of Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17), and so are rewarded; they have no merit intrinsically, but are rewarded wholly of grace.