What is work?

  • (verb): Proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity.
    Example: "Work your way through every problem or task"; "She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived"; "Start from the bottom and work towards the top"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on work, works:

Kenneth Lee Pike - Work
... A speaker of a language unknown to him would be brought in to work with Pike ... He pointed out that sometimes he did more of the work of a horse, other times he did more of the work of a donkey, but he was always both (Headland 2001508) ...
Georgius Agricola - Life and Work
... a centre of mining and smelting works, his object being partly "to fill in the gaps in the art of healing", and partly to test what had been written about mineralogy by careful ... order the knowledge won by practical work, brought Agricola into notice it contained an approving letter from Erasmus at the beginning of the book ... theological and historical subjects, his chief historical work being the Dominatores Saxonici a prima origine ad hanc aetatem, published at Freiberg ...
Wookey Hole Caves - History - Cave Archaeology
... His work led to the discovery of the first evidence for the use by Palaeolithic man in the Caves of the Mendip Hills ... Balch continued the work from 1904 to 1914, where he led excavations of the entrance passage (1904–15), Witch's Kitchen (Chamber 1) and Hell's Ladder (1926–1927) and the Badger Hole (1938–1954), where Roman ... The 1911 work found a 4 to 7 feet (1.2–2.1 m) of stratification, mostly dating from the Iron age and sealed into place by Romano-British artefacts ...
Work - Name
... Weorc or Work (Anglo-Saxon leader), who gave his name to Workington or 'Weorc-inga-tun', meaning the 'tun' (settlement) of the 'Weorcingas' (the people of Weorc or Work) ...
Georgius Agricola - De Re Metallica
... His most famous work, the De re metallica libri xii long remained a standard work, and marks its author as one of the most accomplished chemists of his time ... The work is a complete and systematic treatise on mining and extractive metallurgy, illustrated with many fine and interesting woodcuts which illustrate every conceivable process to ... Until that time, Pliny's work Historia Naturalis was the main source of information on metals and mining techniques, and Agricola made numerous references to the Roman encyclopedia ...

More definitions of "work":

  • (noun): A place where work is done.
    Example: "He arrived at work early today"
    Synonyms: workplace
  • (verb): Proceed along a path.
    Example: "Work one's way through the crowd"
    Synonyms: make
  • (verb): Arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion.
    Example: "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
  • (verb): Cause to undergo fermentation.
    Synonyms: ferment
  • (verb): Gratify and charm, usually in order to influence.
    Example: "The political candidate worked the crowds"
  • (verb): Use or manipulate to one's advantage.
    Example: "She knows how to work the system"
    Synonyms: exploit
  • (verb): Prepare for crops.
    Example: "Work the soil"
    Synonyms: cultivate, crop
  • (noun): (physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force.
    Example: "Work equals force times distance"
  • (verb): Exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity.
    Example: "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
  • (verb): Make uniform.
    Example: "Work the clay until it is soft"
    Synonyms: knead
  • (verb): Move in an agitated manner.
    Example: "His fingers worked with tension"
  • (verb): Provoke or excite.
    Example: "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
  • (noun): The occupation for which you are paid.
    Example: "A lot of people are out of work"
    Synonyms: employment
  • (noun): Activity directed toward making or doing something.
    Example: "She checked several points needing further work"
  • (noun): A product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing.
    Example: "The symphony was hailed as an ingenious work"; "he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination"; "erosion is the work of wind or water over time"
    Synonyms: piece of work
  • (verb): Operate in a certain place, area, or specialty.
    Example: "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics"
  • (noun): The total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it).
    Example: "Picasso's work can be divided into periods"
    Synonyms: oeuvre, body of work
  • (verb): Have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected.
    Example: "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"
    Synonyms: act
  • (verb): Give a work-out to.
    Example: "Work one's muscles"
    Synonyms: exercise, work out
  • (verb): Move into or onto.
    Example: "Work the raisins into the dough"; "the student worked a few jokes into his presentation"; "work the body onto the flatbed truck"
  • (verb): Find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of.
    Example: "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "He could not work the math problem"
    Synonyms: solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick
  • (verb): Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.
    Example: "I cannot work a miracle"
    Synonyms: bring, play, wreak, make for
  • (verb): Make something, usually for a specific function.
    Example: "Work the metal into a sword"
    Synonyms: shape, form, mold, mould, forge
  • (noun): Applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading).
    Example: "Mastering a second language requires a lot of work"
    Synonyms: study
  • (verb): Operate in or through.
    Example: "Work the phones"
  • (verb): Have and exert influence or effect.
    Example: "The artist's work influenced the young painter"
    Synonyms: influence, act upon
  • (verb): Cause to operate or function.
    Example: "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
  • (verb): Shape, form, or improve a material.
    Example: "Work stone into tools"; "work the metal"
    Synonyms: work on, process
  • (verb): Behave in a certain way when handled.
    Example: "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
  • (verb): Perform as expected when applied.
    Example: "This old radio doesn't work anymore"
    Synonyms: function, operate, go, run
  • (verb): Be employed.
    Example: "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"
    Synonyms: do work

Famous quotes containing the word work:

    Juggling produces both practical and psychological benefits.... A woman’s involvement in one role can enhance her functioning in another. Being a wife can make it easier to work outside the home. Being a mother can facilitate the activities and foster the skills of the efficient wife or of the effective worker. And employment outside the home can contribute in substantial, practical ways to how one works within the home, as a spouse and as a parent.
    Faye J. Crosby (20th century)

    And this is the final meaning of work: the extension of human consciousness. The lesser meaning of work is the achieving of self-preservation.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)

    Don’t you know there are 200 temperance women in this county who control 200 votes. Why does a woman work for temperance? Because she’s tired of liftin’ that besotted mate of hers off the floor every Saturday night and puttin’ him on the sofa so he won’t catch cold. Tonight we’re for temperance. Help yourself to them cloves and chew them, chew them hard. We’re goin’ to that festival tonight smelling like a hot mince pie.
    Laurence Stallings (1894–1968)