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Work

Pronunciation: wûrk
n.1.
1.Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physical labor.
2.The matter on which one is at work; that upon which one spends labor; material for working upon; subject of exertion; the thing occupying one; business; duty; as, to take up one's work; to drop one's work.
In every work that he began . . . he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
- 2 Chron. xxxi. 21.
3.That which is produced as the result of labor; anything accomplished by exertion or toil; product; performance; fabric; manufacture; in a more general sense, act, deed, service, effect, result, achievement, feat.
To leave no rubs or blotches in the work.
- Shak.
The work some praise,
And some the architect.
- Milton.
Fancy . . .
Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams.
- Milton.
4.Specifically: (a) That which is produced by mental labor; a composition; a book; as, a work, or the works, of Addison. (b) Flowers, figures, or the like, wrought with the needle; embroidery.
I am glad I have found this napkin; . . .
I'll have the work ta'en out,
And give 't Iago.
- Shak.
5.Structures in civil, military, or naval engineering, as docks, bridges, embankments, trenches, fortifications, and the like; also, the structures and grounds of a manufacturing establishment; as, iron works; locomotive works; gas works.
5.Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect.
6.(Mech.) The causing of motion against a resisting force. The amount of work is proportioned to, and is measured by, the product of the force into the amount of motion along the direction of the force. See Conservation of energy, under Conservation, Unit of work, under Unit, also Foot pound, Horse power, Poundal, and Erg.
Energy is the capacity of doing work . . . Work is the transference of energy from one system to another.
- Clerk Maxwell.
7.(Mining) Ore before it is dressed.
8.(Script.) Performance of moral duties; righteous conduct.
Faith, if it hath not works, is dead.
- James ii. 17.
9.(Cricket) Break; twist.
10.(Mech.) The causing of motion against a resisting force, measured by the product of the force into the component of the motion resolved along the direction of the force.
Energy is the capacity of doing work. . . . Work is the transference of energy from one system to another.
- Clerk Maxwell.
11.(Mining) Ore before it is dressed.
Muscular work
(Physiol.) the work done by a muscle through the power of contraction.
To go to work
to begin laboring; to commence operations; to contrive; to manage.
To set on work
to cause to begin laboring; to set to work.
- Shak.
To set to work
to employ; to cause to engage in any business or labor.
- Hooker.
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Worked (wûrkt), or Wrought (rạt); p. pr. & vb. n. Working.]
1.To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like.
Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you.
- Ex. v. 18.
Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake,
Our life doth pass.
- Sir J. Davies.
2.Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well.
3.Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce.
We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.
- Rom. viii. 28.
4.To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil.
They that work in fine flax . . . shall be confounded.
- Isa. xix. 9.
5.To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea.
6.To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; - with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth.
7.To ferment, as a liquid.
8.To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic.
Purges . . . work best, that is, cause the blood so to do, . . . in warm weather or in a warm room.
- Grew.
To work at
to be engaged in or upon; to be employed in.
To work to windward
(Naut.) to sail or ply against the wind; to tack to windward.
- Mar. Dict.
v. t.1.To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.
2.To produce or form by labor; to bring forth by exertion or toil; to accomplish; to originate; to effect; as, to work wood or iron into a form desired, or into a utensil; to work cotton or wool into cloth.
3.To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion.
4.To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead.
5.To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin.
6.To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine.
The mariners all 'gan work the ropes,
Where they were wont to do.
- Coleridge.
7.To cause to ferment, as liquor.
To work a passage
(Naut.) to pay for a passage by doing work.
To work double tides
(Naut.) to perform the labor of three days in two; - a phrase which alludes to a practice of working by the night tide as well as by the day.
To work in
to insert, introduce, mingle, or interweave by labor or skill.
To work into
to force, urge, or insinuate into; as, to work one's self into favor or confidence.
To work off
to remove gradually, as by labor, or a gradual process; as, beer works off impurities in fermenting.
To work out
a - To effect by labor and exertion.
b - To erase; to efface.
- Phil. ii. 12.
Noun1.work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
2.work - a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing; "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 John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination"; "erosion is the work of wind or water over time"
Synonyms: piece of work
3.work - the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work"
Synonyms: employment
4.work - applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading); "mastering a second language requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study in interior design"
Synonyms: study
5.work - the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it); "he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre"; "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"
Synonyms: body of work, oeuvre
6.work - a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
Synonyms: workplace
7.work - (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; "work equals force times distance"
Verb1.work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
Antonyms:
laze, slug, idle, stagnate - be idle; exist in a changeless situation; "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch"; "He slugged in bed all morning"
2.work - be employed; "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"
Synonyms: do work
3.work - have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected; "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"
Synonyms: act
4.work - perform as expected when applied; "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"
Synonyms: function, operate, run, go
5.work - shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"
Synonyms: work on, process
6.work - give a work-out to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"
Synonyms: exercise, work out
7.work - proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"
Synonyms: make
8.work - operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics"
9.work - proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity; "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"
10.work - move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with tension"
11.work - cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; "I cannot work a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a joke"; "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"
Synonyms: make for, wreak, bring, play
12.work - cause to work; "he is working his servants hard"
Synonyms: put to work
13.work - prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"
Synonyms: crop, cultivate
14.work - behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
15.work - have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
Synonyms: act upon, influence
16.work - operate in or through; "Work the phones"
17.work - cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
18.work - provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
19.work - gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds"
20.work - make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"
Synonyms: shape, mould, mold, form, forge
21.work - move into or onto; "work the raisins into the dough"; "the student worked a few jokes into his presentation"; "work the body onto the flatbed truck"
22.work - make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft"
Synonyms: knead
23.work - use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"
Synonyms: exploit
24.work - find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"
25.work - cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"
Synonyms: ferment
26.work - go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
Synonyms: sour, ferment, turn
27.work - arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
To dream that you are at work, indicates that you are experiencing some anxiety about a current project or task. The dream may also be telling you that you need to "get back to work". Perhaps you have been slacking and need to pick up the pace. To dream that you are at your former or past work, suggests that there is an old lesson that you need to learn and apply to your current situation. To dream that you are hard at work, signifies success and merit. Alternatively, it may suggest anxieties about a current task or project. 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