It was accomplished with a suddenness that seemed to belong to the days when miracles were yet worked upon the earth.
That evening, and for many evenings to come, we worked upon our liver.
These pictures he had worked upon with great care and intensity.
He saw it and could not help knowing how strongly it worked upon his feelings.
These uncouth brutes of farmhands and petty ranchers, grimed with the soil they worked upon, were odious to him beyond words.
His intimidation had worked upon her conscience and driven her to the confessional.
Nevertheless, as we worked upon subject after subject, a fairly defined type seemed to grow upon us.
Only when her fee-fee-feelings are worked upon; she's so se-sensitive!
He had been so worked upon and played upon by a master hand, that the thought of fear found no place within his breast.
This I relate to show how (for the time being) Agnes Anne was worked upon.
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.