What is work?

  • (verb): Behave in a certain way when handled.
    Example: "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on work, works:

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 (19 ... 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
... 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 careful observation ... 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 ... 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 people of Weorc or Work) ...
Kenneth Lee Pike - Work
... 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 - 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 ...

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

Famous quotes containing the word work:

    It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911)

    Do not put off your work until tomorrow and the day after. For the sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor the one who puts off his work; industry aids work, but the man who puts off work always wrestles with disaster.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.)

    The idea that to make a man work you’ve got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We’ve done that for so long that we’ve forgotten there’s any other way.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940)