|1.||the operation or mode of operation of something|
|2.||the act or process of moulding something pliable|
|3.||a convulsive or jerking motion, as from excitement|
|4.||(often plural) a part of a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked|
|5.||(plural) the whole system of excavations in a mine|
|6.||a record of the steps by which the result of a calculation or the solution of a problem is obtained: all working is to be submitted to the examiners|
|7.||rare slow advance against or as if against resistance|
|8.||relating to or concerned with a person or thing that works: a working man|
|9.||concerned with, used in, or suitable for work: working clothes|
|10.||(of a meal or occasion) during which business discussions are carried on: working lunch; working breakfast|
|11.||capable of being operated or used: a working model|
|12.||sufficiently large or accurate to be useful or to accomplish a desired end: a working majority; a working knowledge of German|
|13.||(of a theory, etc) providing a basis, usually a temporary one, on which operations or procedures may be carried out|
"Work is less boring than amusing oneself." [Baudelaire, "Mon Coeur mis a nu," 1862]In O.E., the noun also had the sense of "fornication." Workhouse in the sense of "place where the poor or petty criminals are lodged" first appeared 1652. Works "industrial place" (usually with qualifying adj.) is attested from 1581. Work station is recorded from 1950.
work [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (wûrk) Pronunciation Key |
The transfer of energy from one object to another, especially in order to make the second object move in a certain direction. Work is equal to the amount of force multiplied by the distance over which it is applied. If a force of 10 newtons, for example, is applied over a distance of 3 meters, the work is equal to 30 newtons per meter, or 30 joules. The unit for measuring work is the same as that for energy in any system of units, since work is simply a transfer of energy. Compare energy, power.