What is work?

  • (verb): Proceed along a path.
    Example: "Work one's way through the crowd"
    Synonyms: make
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on work, works:

Georgius Agricola - De Re Metallica
... His most famous work, the De re metallica libri xii long remained a standard work, and marks its author as one of the most accomplished chemists of his ... The work is a complete and systematic treatise on mining and extractive metallurgy, illustrated with many fine and interesting woodcuts which illustrate every conceivable process to extract ores from the ground ... Until that time, Pliny's work Historia Naturalis was the main source of information on metals and mining techniques, and Agricola made numerous references to the Roman ...
Kenneth Lee Pike - Work
... unknown to him would be brought in to work with Pike ... He pointed out that sometimes he did more of the work of a horse, other times he did more of the work of a donkey, but he was always both (Headland 2001508) ...
Wookey Hole Caves - History - Cave Archaeology
... His work led to the discovery of the first evidence for the use by Palaeolithic man in the Caves of the Mendip Hills ... Balch continued the work from 1904 to 1914, where he led excavations of the entrance passage (1904–15), Witch's Kitchen (Chamber 1) and Hell's Ladder (192 ... The 1911 work found a 4 to 7 feet (1.2–2.1 m) of stratification, mostly dating from the Iron age and sealed into place by Romano-British artefacts ...
Georgius Agricola - Life and Work
... as town physician at Joachimsthal, a centre of mining and smelting works, his object being partly "to fill in the gaps in the art of healing", and partly to test what had been written about mineralogy by. 1530) the first attempt to reduce to scientific order the knowledge won by practical work, brought Agricola into notice it contained an approving letter from Erasmus at the beginning of ... theological and historical subjects, his chief historical work being the Dominatores Saxonici a prima origine ad hanc aetatem, published at Freiberg ...
Work - Name
... Weorc or Work (Anglo-Saxon leader), who gave his name to Workington or 'Weorc-inga-tun', meaning the 'tun' (settlement) of the 'Weorcingas' (the ...

More definitions of "work":

  • (verb): Gratify and charm, usually in order to influence.
    Example: "The political candidate worked the crowds"
  • (noun): The total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it).
    Example: "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"
    Synonyms: oeuvre, body of work
  • (verb): Find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of.
    Example: "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "He could not work the math problem"
    Synonyms: solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick
  • (verb): Cause to undergo fermentation.
    Synonyms: ferment
  • (verb): Make uniform.
    Example: "Work the clay until it is soft"
    Synonyms: knead
  • (verb): Shape, form, or improve a material.
    Example: "Work stone into tools"; "work the metal"
    Synonyms: work on, process
  • (verb): Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.
    Example: "I cannot work a miracle"
    Synonyms: bring, play, wreak, make for
  • (verb): Cause to operate or function.
    Example: "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
  • (noun): (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.
    Example: "Work equals force times distance"
  • (verb): Perform as expected when applied.
    Example: "This old radio doesn't work anymore"
    Synonyms: function, operate, go, run
  • (verb): Give a work-out to.
    Example: "Work one's muscles"
    Synonyms: exercise, work out
  • (noun): A place where work is done.
    Example: "He arrived at work early today"
    Synonyms: workplace
  • (verb): Arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion.
    Example: "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
  • (verb): Operate in or through.
    Example: "Work the phones"
  • (verb): Prepare for crops.
    Example: "Work the soil"
    Synonyms: cultivate, crop
  • (verb): Provoke or excite.
    Example: "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
  • (verb): Exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity.
    Example: "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
  • (noun): Activity directed toward making or doing something.
    Example: "She checked several points needing further work"
  • (noun): A product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing.
    Example: "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"
    Synonyms: piece of work
  • (verb): Operate in a certain place, area, or specialty.
    Example: "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics"
  • (noun): Applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading).
    Example: "Mastering a second language requires a lot of work"
    Synonyms: study
  • (noun): The occupation for which you are paid.
    Example: "A lot of people are out of work"
    Synonyms: employment
  • (verb): Move into or onto.
    Example: "Work the raisins into the dough"; "the student worked a few jokes into his presentation"; "work the body onto the flatbed truck"
  • (verb): Proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity.
    Example: "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"
  • (verb): Make something, usually for a specific function.
    Example: "Work the metal into a sword"
    Synonyms: shape, form, mold, mould, forge
  • (verb): Have and exert influence or effect.
    Example: "The artist's work influenced the young painter"
    Synonyms: influence, act upon
  • (verb): Use or manipulate to one's advantage.
    Example: "She knows how to work the system"
    Synonyms: exploit
  • (verb): Move in an agitated manner.
    Example: "His fingers worked with tension"
  • (verb): Have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected.
    Example: "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"
    Synonyms: act
  • (verb): Behave in a certain way when handled.
    Example: "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
  • (verb): Be employed.
    Example: "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"
    Synonyms: do work

Famous quotes containing the word work:

    Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
    Mother Teresa (b. 1910)

    To be sure, a good work of art can and will have moral consequences, but to demand of the artists moral intentions, means ruining their craft.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    The theater needs continual reminders that there is nothing more debasing than the work of those who do well what is not worth doing at all.
    Gore Vidal (b. 1925)