What is work?

  • (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
    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 time ... The work is a complete and systematic treatise on mining and extractive metallurgy, illustrated with many fine and interesting woodcuts which ... 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 encyclopedia ...
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) ...
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 ... 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 - Life and Work
... and was chosen 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 ... 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 the book ... also with medical, mathematical, theological and historical subjects, his chief historical work being the Dominatores Saxonici a prima origine ad hanc aetatem, published at Freiberg ...

More definitions of "work":

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

Famous quotes containing the word work:

    There are hardly half a dozen writers in England today who have not sold out to the enemy. Even when their good work has been a success, Mammon grips them and whispers: “More money for more work.”
    Aleister Crowley (1875–1947)

    Poetry is the only life got, the only work done, the only pure product and free labor of man, performed only when he has put all the world under his feet, and conquered the last of his foes.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)