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[oh-puh n-wurk] /ˈoʊ pənˌwɜrk/
any kind of work, especially ornamental, as of embroidery, lace, metal, stone, or wood, having a latticelike nature or showing openings through its substance.
Origin of openwork
1590-1600; open + work Unabridged
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  • The engineer who designed the clock figured the openwork construction would stand up in high winds and he was right.
  • Most of the original gilding that covered the openwork crown of the lantern has worn off.
  • The lid is surmounted by a lion resting one paw on an openwork ball that spins freely.
  • These rectangular panels have an openwork surface in the shape of interlocking cut-out dog bones.
  • The pupa is enclosed in an openwork net attached to the leaves and overwinters in this stage.
  • The wide eaves were supported by brackets trimmed with wooden openwork vergeboards.
  • Both are found in basket or openwork wicker designs.
British Dictionary definitions for openwork


ornamental work, as of metal or embroidery, having a pattern of openings or holes
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