work has definitions from the fields of physics,psychology,fine art,work,food,education,agriculture
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[ noun ] activity directed toward making or doing something

Examples

"she checked several points needing further work"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

The bond issue will go to the state courts for a friendly test_suit to test the validity of the act , and_then the sales will begin and contracts let for repair work on some of Georgia 's most heavily traveled highways .

A Highway_Department source said there also is a plan there to issue some $ 3 million to $ 4 million worth of Rural_Roads_Authority bonds for rural road construction work .

("Editorials"...)

They are leaving so fast that the president of the West_German_Employers'_Federation issued an appeal this week to factory_workers in the West to volunteer for six months ' front-line work in factories in West_Berlin .

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

Cameras stared at soloists ' faces in extreme closeups , then considerately pulled_back for full views of ensemble work .

(The Providence Journal...)

The ballet work is on_the_nose , especially in the opening number by `` The_New_Ashmolean_Marching_Society and Students_'_Conservatory_Band '' , along with a fiery and sultry Brazilian fantasia later .

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[ noun ] a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing

Synonyms

piece_of_work

Examples

: "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 Dewey"

Used in print

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

For those who `` like poetry but never get_around_to reading it '' , the Library_of_Congress makes it possible for poets to be heard reading their own work .

(The Providence Journal...)

For the hero of this work by John_Osborne and Anthony_Creighton is a chap embittered by more than the lack of beer during a jam_session .

Not altogether a successful play , `` Epitaph_for_George_Dillon '' overcomes through sheer vitality and power what in a lesser work might be crippling .

(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

Finally , we may also mention the several members of the self-consciously `` neoliberal '' movement that developed at the University_of_Chicago and is heavily indebted philosophically to the creative work of Alfred_North_Whitehead .

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

But for students of musical forms and would-be classifiers , the work presents its problems .

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[ verb ] (work) exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

Examples

"I will work hard to improve my grades" "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Gov._Vandiver is expected to make the traditional visit to both chambers as they work toward adjournment .

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

`` We 'll work hard Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday '' , Meek said , `` and probably will have a good scrimmage Friday .

(The New York Times,...)

Named by Mayor_Wagner three years ago to head a committee that included James_A._Farley , Bernard_Gimbel and Clint_Blume , Shea worked relentlessly .

He played basketball there while working toward a law_degree .

(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)

It 's best to buy them fresh from a dealer who is working to improve them .

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[ noun ] (work) the occupation for which you are paid

Synonyms

job employment

Examples

"he is looking for employment" "a lot of people are out of work"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

A normal year 's work in college is 30 semester_hours .

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

Consultation with architects , clients , real_estate men , fabric houses and furniture companies is essential to the proper development of class problems just as in actual work .

(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)

And so the authors conclude : `` The conduct of the patient in his every-day life and in his work , even more_than the foregoing facts [ mentioned above under 1 ] , leave positively no room for doubt that the sense_of_touch , in the ordinary sense of the word , was unaffected ; or , to put the same thing in physiological terms , that the performance capacity of the tactual apparatus , from the periphery up to the tactual centers in the brain , - that_is , from one end to the other - was unimpaired '' .

(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)

Stirring , he said : `` I am sorry that my work prevents me from doing anything with you today '' .

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

The men did not object to his sketching them while they went_about their work , but no_one could be persuaded to come to his studio to pose .

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[ verb ] (work) be employed

Synonyms

do_work

Examples

"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"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Sam_Caldwell , State_Highway_Department public_relations director , resigned Tuesday to work for Lt._Gov._Garland_Byrd 's campaign .

(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

On_the_contrary , even in the heart of `` the Bible_belt '' itself , as can be attested by any one who is called to work there , the industrial and technological_revolutions have long been under_way , together with the corresponding changes in man 's picture of himself and his world .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

The colonial period has generally left people believing that government can , if it wishes , provide all manner of services for them - and that with independence free_men do not have_to work to realize the benefits of modern life .

(Robert A. Futterman, The Future of Our Cities....)

Though Americans usually lived in groups segregated by national origin or religious_belief , they liked to work and shop in the noise and vitality of downtown .

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

Mrs._Andrus was talking to the maid , arranging for her to come in every_day , instead of the four days she now worked .

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[ verb ] have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected

Synonyms

act

Examples

"The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought" "This method doesn't work" "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

It recommends that the United_States `` seek instead to detach the Castro regime from the Communist bloc by working for a diplomatic detente and a resumption of trade relations ; and concentrate its constructive efforts on eliminating in other parts of Latin_America the social conditions on_which totalitarian nationalism feeds '' .

(The Oregonian...)

Dr._Barnes said that there seemed to be feeling that evacuation plans , even for a high_school where there were lots_of cars `` might not be realistic and would not work '' .

(Los Angeles Times,...)

Hayes said that if a way can be found to deal effectively with short-term capital movements between nations , `` there is no reason , in my judgment why the international financial system cannot work satisfactorily for at_least the foreseeable future '' .

(Saturday Review, 44: 15...)

Because it is so large a state , with marked contrasts in population density , the organization of the New_York co-operative offers a cross-section of how the plan works .

(The Atlanta Constitution,...)

The intensive treatment program is working well .

Related terms

succeed bring

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[ noun ] (psychology,education) applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)

Synonyms

study

Examples

"mastering a second language requires a lot of work" "no schools offer graduate study in interior design"

Used in print

(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)

These specialists , I learned , have done a great_deal of work to improve the size and health of the plants and the resulting flowers .

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

In the earlier years of training certain phases of the work must be covered and the synthetic problem has its use .

Since there are almost no schools in the country offering graduate work in interior_design this rule cannot at_present be observed .

(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)

Much of the older experimental work on respiratory infections was accomplished by very artificial procedures .

(Richard F. McLaughlin, et al., "A study of the...)

In_addition , little work has been done on a comparative basis in regard_to the normal existence of bronchial_artery pulmonary_artery anastomoses .

Related terms

learning study

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[ noun ] (fine art) the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)

Synonyms

body_of_work oeuvre

Examples

"he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre" "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"

Related terms

end_product writing

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[ verb ] (work) work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function

Synonyms

be follow

Examples

"He is a herpetologist "She is our resident philosopher"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Fulton legislators `` work with city officials to pass enabling_legislation that will permit the establishment of a fair and equitable '' pension plan for city employes .

(The New York Times,...)

Gauer works with the ends .

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

If one asks about this play , what it is that comes_upon this community and works within it with such terrible power , there is no better answer to give than `` spirit '' .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

Certainly there would be less anxiety , fewer accidents ( it is the clumsy child who sustains the worst injuries ) , and higher scholastic averages , since alert children work better .

(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)

SBA works closely with the principal property disposal installations of the Federal_Government in reviewing proposed sales programs and identifying those types of property that small business_concerns are most likely to be interested in purchasing .

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[ verb ] perform as expected when applied

Synonyms

operate function run go

Examples

"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"

Used in print

(Mr. America, 4:6...)

And they could n't have entrusted Henri to better hands because `` le_professeur '' knows his muscles from the sterno-cleido_mastoideus of the neck right down to the tibialis_anticus of the leg - and better still , he knows just what exercises work best for them and what Weider principles to combine them with for fast , fast muscle growth .

Indeed , a lighter weight works much better because a greater , more extensive split can be_performed .

(Kenneth Hoffman and Ray Kunze, Linear Al...)

The theorem which we prove is more general than what we have described , since it works with the primary decomposition of the minimal polynomial , whether or not the primes which enter are all of first degree .

(Edwin L. Bigelow and Nancy H. Otis,...)

This was working by the end of August and giving satisfactory service .

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

The arrangement with Argiento was working well , except that sometimes Michelangelo could not figure who was master and who apprentice .

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[ verb ] shape, form, or improve a material

Synonyms

work_on process

Examples

"work stone into tools" "process iron" "work the metal"

Used in print

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

He worked standing , with his left hand in his pocket as_though he were merely stopping for a moment , sketching with the surprised stare of one who was watching another person 's hand .

Now she kept herself protectively ready to laugh again and sure_enough he pointed at her with his index_finger and said `` Toot '' ! once_more and roared_off into the fog , his foot evidently surprising him with the suddenness with which it pressed the accelerator , just as his hand did when he worked .

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[ verb ] give a work-out to

Synonyms

exercise work_out

Examples

: "Some parents exercise their infants" "My personal trainer works me hard" "work one's muscles"

Used in print

(The Horseman and Fair World, 84:46...)

Fury and Caper worked in 2 : 35 h and did it with ease .

Trackdown ( Torrid-Mighty_Lady ) has worked a mile in 2 : 33.3 h .

Step Aside ( Direct Rhythm-Wily Widow ) has worked in 2 : 32 on the half-mile track and shows promise .

Most_of Billy_Haughton 's 2 - year-olds have worked from 2 : 40 to 2 : 35 .

I have just seen Debonnie and Prompt_Time work a mile in 2 : 34 , last_quarter in : 35.3 .

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[ noun ] (work) a place where work is done

Synonyms

workplace

Examples

"he arrived at work early today"

Used in print

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

Her first day at work she was puzzled by an entry in the doctor 's notes on an emergency case .

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[ verb ] proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity

Examples

"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"

Used in print

(Edward Jablonski, Harold Arlen Happy with the Blues....)

He had yet to meet Harold_Arlen , for although they had `` collaborated '' on `` Satan 's Li ' l Lamb '' , Mercer and Harburg had worked from a lead_sheet the composer had furnished them .

Related terms

go make

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[ verb ] (work) operate in a certain place, area, or specialty

Examples

"She works the night clubs" "The salesman works the Midwest" "This artist works mostly in acrylics"

Used in print

(Norman Kent, "The Watercolor Art of Roy M. Mason"...)

He worked in oil for years before beginning his work in watercolor , and his first public recognition and early honors , including his election to the Academy , were for his essays in the heavier medium .

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[ verb ] happen

Synonyms

operate

Examples

"What is going on in the minds of the people?"

Used in print

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

Warren thought_of all the men out that night who , like himself , had left their protective ridge and - fear working at their guts - picked their way into the area beyond .

Related terms

anticipate happen process

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[ 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

Examples

"work equals force times distance"

Used in print

(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)

Heat_of_condensation ( work function ) plus kinetic_energy of the electrons impinging_on the anode .

(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)

* * f is the work necessary to fill the manometer column from the reference height to h .

In_other_words , if an ideal_gas is compressed and kept at constant temperature , the work done in compressing it is completely converted into heat and transferred to the surrounding heat_sink .

This means that work equals q which in_turn equals * * f .

The energy for any isothermal work done by the perfect_gas must come as thermal energy from its surroundings .

Related terms

energy physics

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[ verb ] pick one's way

Used in print

(The Wall Street Journal,...)

Several photographs and charts of galaxies help the non-scientist keep_up with the discussion , and the smooth language indicates the contributors were determined to avoid the jargon that seems to work its way into almost every field .

(Paul Larson and Gordon Odegard, "How to design your...)

However , we started with the first row of bars and worked our way back .

(Thomas B. Dewey, Hunter at Large....)

Inside the passage , he had to work his way over the fallen timber and nearly collapsed under his clumsy burden .

Related terms

pass claw jostle bushwhack

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[ verb ] proceed along a path

Synonyms

make

Examples

"work one's way through the crowd" "make one's way into the forest"

Related terms

pass claw jostle bushwhack

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[ verb ] cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

Examples

"I cannot work a miracle" "wreak havoc" "bring comments" "play a joke" "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"

Used in print

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

Brittany , that stone-gray mystery through which he traveled for thirty days , sleeping in the barns of farmers or alongside roads , had worked some subtle change in him , he knew , and it was in Brittany that he had met Pierre .

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[ verb ] move in ran agitated manner;

Examples

"His fingers worked with tension"

Used in print

(Thomas B. Dewey, Hunter at Large....)

When the dust settled , he went_back to the Jeep and carefully worked Roberts ' body onto his shoulder .

(Clifford Irving, The Valley....)

He worked his tongue round and round in the hollow of his cheek and his voice came_out of his throat , dry and cracked .

Related terms

move

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[ verb ] (agriculture) prepare for crops

Synonyms

cultivate crop

Examples

"Work the soil" "cultivate the land"

Used in print

(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)

Whitey_Herzog , performing in right as the Orioles fielded possibly their strongest team of the spring , worked Keegan for a base_on_balls .

Lumpe worked a walk as the first batter to face Hyde and romped around as Siebern blasted Hyde 's next toss 415 feet over the scoreboard in right center .

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[ verb ] cause to work

Synonyms

put_to_work

Examples

"he is working his servants hard"

Used in print

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

No , other_than cleaning_out the pores and making the sweat_glands work harder .

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[ verb ] deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression

Examples

"This book deals with incest" "The course covered all of Western Civilization" "The new book treats the history of China"

Used in print

(Life BR-C16. Saturday Review, 44:15 (April 15, 1961)...)

Though the subject - segregation in her native South - has been thoroughly worked , Miss_McCullers uses her poet 's instinct and storyteller 's skill to reaffirm her place at the very top of modern American writing .

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[ verb ] (food) cause to undergo fermentation

Synonyms

ferment

Examples

"We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content" "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"

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[ verb ] go sour or spoil

Synonyms

turn sour ferment

Examples

"The milk has soured" "The wine worked" "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

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[ verb ] make something, usually for a specific function

Examples

"She molded the riceballs carefully" "Form cylinders from the dough" "shape a figure" "Work the metal into a sword"

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[ verb ] have and exert influence or effect

Synonyms

influence act_upon

Examples

"The artist's work influenced the young painter" "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

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[ verb ] use to one's advantage

Synonyms

exploit

Examples

"He exploit the new taxation system" "She knows how to work the system" "he works his parents for sympathy"

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[ verb ] behave in a certain way when handled

Examples

"This dough does not work easily" "The soft metal works well"

Related terms

be knead

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[ verb ] cause to operate or function

Examples

"This pilot works the controls" "Can you work an electric drill?"

Related terms

manage

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[ verb ] move into or onto

Examples

"work the raisins into the dough" "the student worked a few jokes into his presentation" "work the body onto the flatbed truck"

Related terms

move stir

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[ verb ] arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion

Examples

"The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"

Related terms

become

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[ verb ] operate in or through

Examples

"Work the phones"

Related terms

operate go

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[ verb ] provoke or excite

Examples

"The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"

Related terms

stimulate exploit

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[ verb ] gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

Examples

"the political candidate worked the crowds"

Related terms

capture

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[ verb ] make uniform

Synonyms

knead

Examples

"knead dough" "work the clay until it is soft"

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[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 8682
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[ verb ] find the solution to (a problem or question):"did you solve the problem?"; understand the meaning of

Examples

"did you get it?" "Did you get my meaning?" "He could not work the math problem"

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