any kind of work, especially ornamental, as of embroidery, lace, metal, stone, or wood, having a latticelike nature or showing openings through its substance.

1590–1600; open + work Unabridged
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openwork (ˈəʊpənˌwɜːk)
ornamental work, as of metal or embroidery, having a pattern of openings or holes

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Example sentences
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.
Both are found in basket or openwork wicker designs.
The lid is surmounted by a lion resting one paw on an openwork ball that spins freely.
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