Mrs Jenkles dropped her work upon her lap, and her face grew very red.
The rest of the army then fell to work upon a great image of a horse.
Fear of detection had begun its work upon her mind, and she went, most of all, to try and throw justice off the track.
He had his materials to work upon, and may have done the best that any one could with them.
After a minute examination, the operative proceeded to work upon the massive safe door.
You cannot be very sick, then; you must not try to work upon our feelings.
What she had to fear was his will at work upon hers, his persuasion, his ingenuity.
work upon the aviation camp at East Harniss had actually begun.
Nothing, however, had caught fire, and her men were speedily at work upon her repair.
Unfortunately he based his work upon that of Schuch and Wuestemann and Lister.
Old English weorc, worc "something done, deed, action, proceeding, business, military fortification," from Proto-Germanic *werkan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch werk, Old Norse verk, Middle Dutch warc, Old High German werah, German Werk, Gothic gawaurki), from PIE root *werg- "to work" (see urge (v.)).
Work is less boring than amusing oneself. [Baudelaire, "Mon Coeur mis a nu," 1862]In Old English, the noun also had the sense of "fornication." Workhouse in the sense of "place where the poor or petty criminals are lodged" first appeared 1650s. Works "industrial place" (usually with qualifying adj.) is attested from 1580s. Work ethic recorded from 1959.
a fusion of Old English wyrcan (past tense worhte, past participle geworht), from Proto-Germanic *wurkijanan; and Old English wircan (Mercian) "to work, operate, function," formed relatively late from Proto-Germanic noun *werkan (see work (n.)). Related: Worked; working. Working class is from 1789 as a noun, 1839 as an adjective.
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.