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1    physical or mental effort directed towards doing or making something  
2    paid employment at a job or a trade, occupation, or profession  
3    a duty, task, or undertaking  
4    something done, made, etc., as a result of effort or exertion  
a work of art     
5    materials or tasks on which to expend effort or exertion  
6       another word for       workmanship       3  
7    the place, office, etc., where a person is employed  
8    any piece of material that is undergoing a manufacturing operation or process; workpiece  
a    decoration or ornamentation, esp. of a specified kind  
b    (in combination)  
wirework, woolwork     
10    an engineering structure such as a bridge, building, etc.  
11      (Physics)   the transfer of energy expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which its point of application moves in the direction of the force.,   (Abbrevs.)    W, w  
12    a structure, wall, etc., built or used as part of a fortification system  
13    at work  
a    at one's job or place of employment  
b    in action; operating  
14    make short work of  
Informal   to handle or dispose of very quickly  
15    modifier   of, relating to, or used for work  
work clothes, a work permit     
16    intr   to exert effort in order to do, make, or perform something  
17    intr   to be employed  
18    tr   to carry on operations, activity, etc., in (a place or area)  
that salesman works the southern region     
19    tr   to cause to labour or toil  
he works his men hard     
20    to operate or cause to operate, esp. properly or effectively  
to work a lathe, that clock doesn't work     
21    tr   to till or cultivate (land)  
22    to handle or manipulate or be handled or manipulated  
to work dough     
23    to shape, form, or process or be shaped, formed, or processed  
to work copper     
24    to reach or cause to reach a specific condition, esp. gradually  
the rope worked loose     
25    tr     (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   to solve (a mathematical problem)  
26    intr   to move in agitation  
his face worked with anger     
27    tr; often foll by: up   to provoke or arouse  
to work someone into a frenzy     
28    tr   to effect or accomplish  
to work one's revenge     
29    to make (one's way) with effort  
he worked his way through the crowd     
30    tr   to make or decorate by hand in embroidery, tapestry, etc.  
she was working a sampler     
31    intr   (of a mechanism) to move in a loose or otherwise imperfect fashion  
32    intr   (of liquids) to ferment, as in brewing  
33    tr  
Informal   to manipulate or exploit to one's own advantage  
34    tr  
Slang   to cheat or swindle,   (See also)        work back       work in       work off       work on       work out       work over       works       work up  
     (Old English weorc (n), wircan, wyrcan (vb); related to Old High German wurchen, German wirken, Old Norse yrkja, Gothic waurkjan)  
  workless      adj  
  worklessness      n  

cold work  
1    the craft of shaping metal without heat  
  cold-work   tr  
2    to shape (metal) in this way  
1    groundwork  
2    drudgery  
drawn work  
      n   ornamental needlework done by drawing threads out of the fabric and using the remaining threads to form lacelike patterns,   (Also called)    drawn-thread work  
field work  
      n   an investigation or search for material, data, etc., made in the field as opposed to the classroom, laboratory, or official headquarters  
  field worker      n  
      vb   tr   to shape (metal) when hot  
long-and-short work  
      n     (Architect)   the alternation in masonry of vertical and horizontal blocks of stone  
maid of all work  
1    a maid who does all types of housework  
2    a general factotum  
Milton Work count  
      n     (Bridge)   a system of hand valuation in which aces count 4, kings 3, queens 2, and jacks 1  
     (C20: named after Milton Work, authority on auction bridge)  
number work  
      n   simple arithmetic and similar mathematical procedures as used and studied at primary level,   (Also called (esp. formerly))    sums  
outside work  
      n   work done off the premises of a business  
part work  
      n     (Brit)   a series of magazines issued as at weekly or monthly intervals, which are designed to be bound together to form a complete course or book  
passage work  
      n     (Music)   scales, runs, etc., in a piece of music which have no structural significance but provide an opportunity for virtuoso display  
sale of work  
      n     (Brit)   a sale of goods and handicrafts made by the members of a club, church congregation, etc., to raise money  
servile work  
      n     (R.C. Church)   work of a physical nature that is forbidden on Sundays and on certain holidays  
social work  
      n   any of various social services designed to alleviate the conditions of the poor and aged and to increase the welfare of children  
  social worker      n  
strap work  
      n     (Architect)   decorative work resembling interlacing straps  
work back  
      vb   intr, adv     (Austral)  
informal   to work overtime  
work camp  
      n   a camp set up for young people who voluntarily do manual work on a worthwhile project  
work ethic  
      n   a belief in the moral value of work (often in the phrase Protestant work ethic)  
work function  
1      (Physics)   the minimum energy required to transfer an electron from a point within a solid to a point just outside its surface.,   (Symbol)    <Gphi10001, Φ
2      (Thermodynamics)      another name (not now used because of confusion with sense 1) for       Helmholtz function  
      vb   tr   to increase the strength or hardness of (a metal) by a mechanical process, such as tension, compression, or torsion  
  work-hardening      n  
work in  
      vb   adv  
1    to insert or become inserted  
she worked the patch in carefully     
2    tr   to find space for  
I'll work this job in during the day     
3    a form of industrial action in which a factory that is to be closed down is occupied and run by its workers  
      n     (Book-keeping)   the value of work begun but not completed, as shown in a profit-and-loss account  
work of art  
1    a piece of fine art, such as a painting or sculpture  
2    something that may be likened to a piece of fine art, esp. in beauty, intricacy, etc.  
work off  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to get rid of or dissipate, as by effort  
he worked off some of his energy by digging the garden     
2    to discharge (a debt) by labour rather than payment  
work on  
      vb   intr, prep   to persuade or influence or attempt to persuade or influence  
work out  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to achieve or accomplish by effort  
2    tr   to solve or find out by reasoning or calculation  
to work out an answer, to work out a sum     
3    tr   to devise or formulate  
to work out a plan     
4    intr   to prove satisfactory or effective  
did your plan work out?     
5    intr   to happen as specified  
it all worked out well     
6    intr   to take part in physical exercise, as in training  
7    tr   to remove all the mineral in (a mine, body of ore, etc.) that can be profitably exploited  
8    intr; often foll by: to or at   to reach a total  
your bill works out at a pound     
9    tr  
Informal   to understand the real nature of  
I shall never work you out     
10    a session of physical exercise, esp. for training or practice  
work over  
1    tr, adv   to do again; repeat  
2    intr, prep   to examine closely and thoroughly  
3    tr, adv  
Slang   to assault or thrash  
      n   an arrangement whereby one full-time job may be carried out by two people working part time  
  work-sharer      n  
work station  
1    an area in an office where one person works  
2      (Computing)   a device or component of an electronic office system consisting of a display screen and keyboard used to handle electronic office work  
      n   an examination of ways of finding the most efficient method of doing a job, esp. in terms of time and effort  
work through  
      vb   tr, adv     (Psychol)   to resolve (a problem, esp. an emotional one), by thinking about it repeatedly and hence lessening its intensity either by gaining insight or by becoming bored by it  
1    a form of industrial action in which employees adhere strictly to all the working rules laid down by their employers, with the deliberate intention of reducing the rate of working  
  work to rule  
2    intr   to decrease the rate of working by this means  
work up  
      vb   tr, mainly adv  
1    to arouse the feelings of; excite  
2    to cause to grow or develop  
to work up a hunger     
3    also prep   to move or cause to move gradually upwards  
4    to manipulate or mix into a specified object or shape  
5    to gain knowledge of or skill at (a subject)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    drudgery, effort, elbow grease     (facetious)   exertion, grind     (informal)   industry, labour, slog, sweat, toil, travail     (literary)  
2    bread and butter     (informal)   business, calling, craft, duty, employment, job, line, livelihood, métier, occupation, office, profession, pursuit, trade  
3    assignment, chore, commission, duty, job, stint, task, undertaking  
4    achievement, composition, creation, handiwork, oeuvre, opus, performance, piece, production  
5    art, craft, skill, workmanship  
6    out of work      idle, jobless, on the dole     (Brit. informal)   on the street, out of a job, unemployed  
7    break one's back, drudge, exert oneself, labour, peg away, slave, slog (away), sweat, toil  
8    be employed, be in work, do business, earn a living, have a job  
9    act, control, direct, drive, handle, manage, manipulate, move, operate, ply, use, wield  
10    function, go, operate, perform, run  
11    cultivate, dig, farm, till  
12    fashion, form, handle, knead, make, manipulate, mould, process, shape  
13    be agitated, convulse, move, twitch, writhe  
14      (often with)       up   arouse, excite, move, prompt, provoke, rouse, stir  
15    accomplish, achieve, bring about, carry out, cause, contrive, create, effect, encompass, execute, implement  
16    force, make one's way, manoeuvre, move, progress  
17      (informal)   arrange, bring off, contrive, exploit, fiddle     (informal)   fix     (informal)   handle, manipulate, pull off, swing     (informal)  
,       n  
1    ease, leisure, relaxation, rest  
2    entertainment, hobby, holiday, play, recreation, retirement, spare time, unemployment  
3    child's play     (informal)  
7    have fun, mark time, play, relax, skive     (Brit. slang)   take it easy  
10    be broken, be out of order  
15    counteract, nullify, prevent, reverse  
16    remain  

life work     
business, calling, career, interest, mission, occupation, profession, purpose, pursuit, vocation, work  
out of work     
idle, jobless, laid off, on the dole     (Brit.)   out of a job, redundant, unemployed  
drill, exercise, exercise session, practice session, training, training session, warm-up  
work out  
1    accomplish, achieve, attain, win  
2    calculate, clear up, figure out, find out, puzzle out, resolve, solve, suss (out)     (slang)  
3    arrange, construct, contrive, develop, devise, elaborate, evolve, form, formulate, plan, put together  
4    be effective, flourish, go as planned, go well, prosper, prove satisfactory, succeed  
5    come out, develop, evolve, go, happen, pan out     (informal)   result, turn out  
6    do exercises, drill, exercise, practise, train, warm up  
7    add up to, amount to, come to, reach, reach a total of  
work up     
agitate, animate, arouse, enkindle, excite, foment, generate, get (someone) all steamed up     (slang)   incite, inflame, instigate, move, rouse, spur, stir up, wind up     (informal)  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

grunt work n.
grunt work is hard, uninteresting work
US informal

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work and operations made in drilling for maintaining petroleum or Gas wells effective
to concentrate and to sacrifice
Work In Progress
can be used as an adjectif : this program is WIP
work perfectly performed
When I asked the students to do their homework, they did a bang up job.
1.act silly; 2. avoid work
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This is a term rising in popularity
abbr. acron.
Short for "not safe for work".
A day's work ; a fixed or definite amount of work ; a work quota.
Etymology : comes from dog, the o has been change in a a. Ex.: Man does not live by money alone, where would we be without our daily darg? Alasdair Gray,. ;[Slang];[US]; Etymology : comes from dog, the o has been change in a a. Ex.: Man does not live by money alone, where would we be without our daily darg? Alasdair Gray,.
1. using copyright law to make a piece of work freely available and allowing its free distribution and modification (as long as its derivate versions follow the same copyright rules)
Any person, including a captain, who is employed or engaged or works in any capacity on board a ship and whose normal place of work is on a ship.
1. the operation or work of cutting grass and curing it for hay 2. the act of taking full advantage of an easy opportunity
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
neologism ... created on some blog
using a lot of people (Internet users mostly) to contribute to a collective work. For example Wikipedia uses crowdsourcing
declare that you're done with work or other activity, and that you want to go out or rest or go to bed
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
a type of work that goes on 24 hours from 24 hours because the teams performing it are located in various time zones.
E.g: Some claim that follow-the-sun is a business failure. It can be used also as a verb (Our team follows the sun ) or as an adjective (We offer follow-the-sun business support) .
someone who works as a dishwasher
a model or example that shows how something works
I like to read books that are a paradigm of human life because I can learn from them.
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