What is work?

  • (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
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on work, works:

Kenneth Lee Pike - Work
... A speaker of a language 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) ...
Georgius Agricola - Life and Work
... 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. 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 ... historical subjects, his chief historical work being the Dominatores Saxonici a prima origine ad hanc aetatem, published at Freiberg ...
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 (1926–1927 ... 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 ...
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 people of Weorc or Work) ...
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 ... 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 ...

More definitions of "work":

  • (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): Perform as expected when applied.
    Example: "This old radio doesn't work anymore"
    Synonyms: function, operate, go, run
  • (noun): A place where work is done.
    Example: "He arrived at work early today"
    Synonyms: workplace
  • (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): 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"
  • (verb): Gratify and charm, usually in order to influence.
    Example: "The political candidate worked the crowds"
  • (verb): Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.
    Example: "I cannot work a miracle"
    Synonyms: bring, play, wreak, make for
  • (verb): Give a work-out to.
    Example: "Work one's muscles"
    Synonyms: exercise, work out
  • (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"
  • (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
  • (verb): Provoke or excite.
    Example: "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
  • (verb): Arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion.
    Example: "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
  • (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): Behave in a certain way when handled.
    Example: "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
  • (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): 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): Cause to operate or function.
    Example: "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
  • (verb): Have and exert influence or effect.
    Example: "The artist's work influenced the young painter"
    Synonyms: influence, act upon
  • (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): 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"
  • (verb): Move in an agitated manner.
    Example: "His fingers worked with tension"
  • (noun): Activity directed toward making or doing something.
    Example: "She checked several points needing further 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
  • (noun): The occupation for which you are paid.
    Example: "A lot of people are out of work"
    Synonyms: employment
  • (verb): Make something, usually for a specific function.
    Example: "Work the metal into a sword"
    Synonyms: shape, form, mold, mould, forge
  • (verb): Prepare for crops.
    Example: "Work the soil"
    Synonyms: cultivate, crop
  • (verb): Use or manipulate to one's advantage.
    Example: "She knows how to work the system"
    Synonyms: exploit
  • (verb): Proceed along a path.
    Example: "Work one's way through the crowd"
    Synonyms: make
  • (verb): Operate in or through.
    Example: "Work the phones"
  • (verb): Cause to undergo fermentation.
    Synonyms: ferment

Famous quotes containing the word work:

    They give us a pair of cloth shorts twice a year for all our clothing. When we work in the sugar mills and catch our finger in the millstone, they cut off our hand; when we try to run away, they cut off our leg: both things have happened to me. It is at this price that you eat sugar in Europe.
    Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694–1778)

    This is the fundamental idea of culture, insofar as it sets but one task for each of us: to further the production of the philosopher, of the artist, and of the saint within us and outside us, and thereby to work at the consummation of nature.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    Work, as we usually think of it, is energy expended for a further end in view; play is energy expended for its own sake, as with children’s play, or as manifestation of the end or goal of work, as in “playing” chess or the piano. Play in this sense, then, is the fulfillment of work, the exhibition of what the work has been done for.
    Northrop Frye (1912–1991)