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public works

plural noun
1.
structures, as roads, dams, or post offices, paid for by government funds for public use.
Origin of public works
1670-1680
1670-80
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  • An order from the Minister of public works, relieving me from the charge which was confided to me.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • Here also in this colony he constructed some of the greatest of our public works.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Everywhere in the colonies buildings have been built, agriculture has continued, public works have been constructed.

    Fighting France Stephane Lauzanne
  • Lectures, discussions and visits to public works of special importance.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • The punishment was death, banishment, or labour in the mines or on public works.

British Dictionary definitions for public works

public works

plural noun
1.
engineering projects and other constructions, financed and undertaken by a government for the community
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public works in Culture

public works definition


Public facilities and improvements financed by the government for the public good. Public works include hospitals, bridges, highways, and dams. These projects may be funded by local, state, or federal appropriations. (See also pork-barrel legislation.)

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