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working

[wur-king] /ˈwɜr kɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that works.
2.
operation; action:
the involuted workings of his mind.
3.
the process of shaping a material:
The working of clay is easy when it's damp.
4.
the act of manufacturing or building a thing.
5.
Usually, workings. a part of a mine, quarry, or the like, in which work is carried on.
6.
the process of fermenting, as of yeasts.
7.
a slow advance involving exertion.
8.
disturbed or twisting motions:
The working of his limbs revealed the disease.
9.
repeated movement or strain tending to loosen a structural assembly or part.
adjective
10.
that works.
11.
doing some form of work or labor, especially manual, mechanical, or industrial work, as for a living:
a working person.
12.
operating; producing effects, results, etc.
13.
pertaining to, connected with, or used in operating or working.
14.
serving to permit or facilitate continued work:
a working model; a working majority.
15.
adequate for usual or customary needs:
a working knowledge of Spanish.
16.
large enough for working or being worked:
a working sample.
17.
done, taken, etc., while conducting or discussing business:
a working lunch.
18.
Also, work. (of a face or edge, as of a timber or a metal casting) shaped and planed as a reference for further shaping and planing.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English werking. See work, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
self-working, adjective
unworking, adjective
Synonyms
15. usable, practical, operative, functioning.
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British Dictionary definitions for workings

working

/ˈwɜːkɪŋ/
noun
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 pl) a part of a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked
5.
(pl) 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
adjective (prenominal)
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
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Slang definitions & phrases for workings

work both ways

verb phrase

To suggest or entail a necessary contrary; have double and opposite application: Most often the claim of mental cruelty works both ways in a marriage/ I see your point, but don't you see it cuts two ways?

[originally fr the notion of a two-edged sword]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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