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[wurk-tey-buh l] /ˈwɜrkˌteɪ bəl/
a table with a work surface, often with drawers.
Origin of worktable
1790-1800; work + table Unabridged
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  • Daoud, Lorenzo, and Sophia sat in a semicircle across from Ugolini's worktable.

  • He turned and limped over to a structure that looked like a sort of worktable.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The scientists around the worktable had paused, too, as they felt the earth tremble.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • His worktable and the cement floor around it were littered with sheets of closely typed paper.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Lorilleux, in front of his worktable, was perspiring with the warmth as he soldered the links of a chain together.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Inside, his books and papers spread over a worktable, sat Donald Whiting.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • In the foreground to the left a window, and by it a small sofa, with a worktable in front of it.

    Ghosts Henrik Ibsen
  • His eyes fell on a large wrench lying on a worktable, and he snatched it up and threw it with all his strength.

    The Stutterer R.R. Merliss
  • He exploded into a room, firing rapidly, and an electronics engineer froze in a startled pose in front of his worktable.

    The Revolt on Venus Carey Rockwell
  • They went back into the Maintenance Section, and Vaneski spread the suit out on the worktable.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for worktable


  1. any table at which writing, sewing, or other work may be done
  2. (in English cabinetwork) a small elegant table fitted with sewing accessories
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