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Definition of Work

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labor; act; operate; activate; process; succeed; cause; manage; solve; advance with difficulty
labor; task; profession; occupation; vocation; place of work; creation; deed; action; effort
of labor
Work Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
opera, opus operis, labor laboris, factum
Work Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physically labor.
Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce.
Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well.
Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect.
Ore before it is dressed.
Performance of moral duties; righteous conduct.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The moving parts of a mechanism; as, the works of a watch.
To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic.
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.
To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil.
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.
To ferment, as a liquid.
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.
(v. t.)
To cause to ferment, as liquor.
(v. t.)
To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin.
(v. t.)
To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead.
(v. t.)
To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.
(v. t.)
To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion.
(v. t.)
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.
(v. t.)
To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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1. come up with; "we evolved an interesting idea"; "we worked up an ad for our client" [syn: evolve, work up]

2. turn out well; "everything worked out in the end"
3. work out in detail; "elaborate a plan" [syn: elaborate]

4. do physical exercise; "she works out in the gym every day" [syn: exercise]

5. be calculated; "the fees work out to less than $1,000"
6. make a mathematical calculation or computation [syn: calculate, cipher, cypher, compute, reckon, figure]

7. find the solution to (a problem or question):"did you solve the problem?"; understand the meaning of; "did you get it?"; "did you get my meaning?"; "he could not work the math problem" [syn: solve, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work]

8. give a work-out to: "some parents exercise their infants"; "my personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles" [syn: exercise, work]

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is right, is fine, is appropriate Plaintive - that's the right word! It works!
The Phrase Finder
Advertising slogan for chocolate bar.
UK origin.
Advertising slogan for eggs.
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.
From Shakespeare's Hamlet.
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English Idioms WM 1.3a
is right, is fine, is appropriate
Plaintive - that's the right word! It works!
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
n., obair, gnó
v., oibrigh
I work: oibrím
Work is better than talk: Is fearr obair ná caint
English Phonetics
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Amrywaith = n. variegated work
Basg = n. plaiting, basket work
Brasweithio = v. to rough work
Clwyd = n. plaited work, a hurdle; a roost
Diwaith = a. without work
Diwrnodio = v. to do a day's work
Efyddwaith = n. copper work
Gwaith = n. act, action; work; n. course, turn, time, ad. because, that,
Gweithio = v. to work
Hywaith = a. ready at work
Iliaw = v. to ferment, to work
Llwyrwaith = n. complete work
Man-gaw = n. delicate work
Maneilio = v. to plat fine work
Mat = n. a mat, plaited work
Megino = v. to work bellows
Noswyliad = n. leaving work at eve; a keeping of vigils
Noswylio = v. to leave work at eve; to keep vigils
Oferwaith = n. a useless work
Rhaggaer = n. advance work
Rhestog = n. plaited work; mat
Rhwyll = n. a ring-fence; a paddock, n. an interstice, fret work; a casement
Saeri = n. a wright's work
Saernio = v. to work as a wright
Saeru = v. to work as a wright
Swdd = n. frame work; a frame
Ystrodur = n. the frame work of a saddle, a packsaddle
Australian Slang
deliberate creation of circular skid marks with the tyres of a motor vehicle; doing doughnuts
something good one's employer supplies for nothing as a part of one's job
any cause of confusion or impediment
work hard and in a determined way
work very hard or diligently (from Middle English "butt", "bott" - buttock)
work excessively hard
Vox Slang
Girlfriend. "Whose work is that?"
WordNet 2.0

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
Work Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Company Info: Ticker, Name, Description
Workflow Management, Inc.
Exchange: Nasdaq
Operates as an integrated graphic arts company providing documents, envelopes and commercial printing; And offers various print and facilities management services which allow customers to realize cost savings by outsourcing non-core operations, as well as design services and workflow analysis.
Work Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
UK Post Codes and Counties
County:  Orkney Islands
Post Code: KW15
Work Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Fear of chemicals or working with chemicals
Fear of computers or working on a computer
Fear of work or functioning
Fear of operating by Surgeon
Fear of work
Fear of speech, study, words
Fear of neglecting duty or responsibility
Dream Dictionary
To dream that you are hard at work, denotes that you will win merited success by concentration of energy.

To see others at work, denotes that hopeful conditions will surround you.

To look for work, means that you will be benefited by some unaccountable occurrence.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Dream Quotations
The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
Rowing is a sport for dreamers. As long as you put in the work, you can own the dream. When the work stops, the dream dissapears.
What distinguishes us one from another is our dreams . . . and what we do to make them come about.
When you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born. And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.
It may be that those who do most, dream most.
If you can dream it, you can do it.
Work Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
General Chemistry Glossary
Compare with heat .Work is the energy required to move an object against an opposing force. Work is usually expressed as a force times a displacement. Dropping a stone from a window involves no work, because there is no force opposing the motion (unless you consider air friction...). Pushing against a stone wall involves no work, unless the stone wall actually moves.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Glossary
The National Compensation Survey produces levels of work within an occupation. The duties and responsibilities of a job are evaluated using 9 factors (such as knowledge, supervision received and complexity of the work) in determining a work level. Levels vary by occupation, ranging from 1-15. For example, a level 1 may represent an entry level, while a level 15 demonstrates mastery.
© U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
Production of an effect by exertion of a force. Energy is needed to do work and work is measured in joules .
Work Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
DW and OLAP terms
Work Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Work may refer to:

Human labour
  • Work (project management), the effort applied to produce a deliverable or accomplish a task
  • Employment, a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee
  • Creative work, a manifestation of creative effort, in copyright law
  • House work, management of a home
  • Manual work, physical work done by people
  • Paid work, relationship in which a worker sells labor and an employer buys it
  • Job, a regular activity performed in exchange for payment

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Work Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
European Commission Glossary of Justice and home affairs
Every EU citizen has an automatic right to work in any Member State, either on a salaried or a self-employed basis.(See Fundamental rights, Judicial-civil, Judicial-criminal, Immigration: Access to work)
© European Communities, 1995-2004
Work Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
Tasks performed by the volunteers on the BROWN.
Skateboarding Glossary
force applied over a distance—for example, you do work when you push a box across the floor, but not when you push on a locked door;

work done on an object or system results in an increase in the energy of that system
Work Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Amateur Radio Glossary
To communicate with another radio station
Work Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
american horse racing dictionary
To exercise a horse by galloping a pre-determined distance.
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
ar'kada, ar'kadan
English - Klingon
v. Qap
v. vum - toil
Work Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Basic Guide to ASL
With the palms facing down, the wrist of the right 'S' hand touches the wrist of the left 'S' hand several times.