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Work vs. Working

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Worknoun

Employment.

Workingnoun

Operation; action.

Worknoun

Labour, occupation, job.

‘My work involves a lot of travel.’;

Workingnoun

Method of operation.

Worknoun

The place where one is employed.

‘He hasn’t come home yet, he’s still at work.’;

Workingnoun

(arithmetic) The incidental or subsidiary calculations performed in solving an overall problem.

‘Be sure to check your working.’;

Worknoun

One's employer

Workingnoun

Fermentation.

Worknoun

Effort.

Workingnoun

(of bodies of water) Becoming full of a vegetable substance.

Worknoun

Effort expended on a particular task.

‘Holding a brick over your head is hard work. It takes a lot of work to write a dictionary.’;

Workingnoun

A place where work is carried on.

‘the abandoned mine workings’;

Worknoun

Sustained human effort to overcome obstacles and achieve a result.

‘We know what we must do. Let's go to work.’;

Workingadjective

That is or are functioning.

‘a working ventilator’;

Worknoun

Something on which effort is expended.

‘There's lots of work waiting for me at the office.’;

Workingadjective

That suffices but requires additional work.

‘a working copy of the script’;

Worknoun

(physics) A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance. No work is done if the object does not move.

‘Work is done against friction to drag a bag along the ground.’;

Workingadjective

In paid employment.

‘working mothers’;

Worknoun

A measure of energy that is usefully extracted from a process.

Workingadjective

Of or relating to employment.

‘the working week’;

Worknoun

Sustained effort to achieve a goal or result, especially overcoming obstacles.

‘We don't have much time. Let's get to work piling up those sandbags.’;

Workingadjective

Enough to allow one to use something.

Worknoun

(heading) Product; the result of effort.

Workingadjective

Used in real life; practical.

‘The working minimum focus distance is the distance from the closest focusable subject to the lens.’;

Worknoun

The result of a particular manner of production.

‘There's a lot of guesswork involved.’;

Workingadjective

a & n. from Work.

‘The word must cousin be to the working.’;

Worknoun

Something produced using the specified material or tool.

‘We've got some paperwork to do before we can get started. The piece was decorated with intricate filigree work.’;

Workingnoun

a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked

Worknoun

(countable) A literary, artistic, or intellectual production.

‘It is a work of art.’; ‘the poetic works of Alexander Pope’;

Workingadjective

actively engaged in paid work;

‘the working population’; ‘the ratio of working men to unemployed’; ‘a working mother’; ‘robots can be on the job day and night’;

Worknoun

(countable) A fortification.

‘William the Conqueror fortified many castles, throwing up new ramparts, bastions and all manner of works.’;

Workingadjective

adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something;

‘the party has a working majority in the House’; ‘a working knowledge of Spanish’;

Worknoun

The staging of events to appear as real.

Workingadjective

adopted as a temporary basis for further work;

‘a working draft’; ‘a working hypothesis’;

Worknoun

(mining) Ore before it is dressed.

Workingadjective

(of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing;

‘in running (or working) order’; ‘a functional set of brakes’;

Worknoun

The equipment needed to inject a drug (syringes, needles, swabs etc.)

‘Tell me you're using clean works at least.’;

Workingadjective

serving to permit or facilitate further work or activity;

‘discussed the working draft of a peace treaty’; ‘they need working agreements with their neighbor states on interstate projects’;

Workverb

(intransitive) To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers.

‘He’s working in a bar.’;

Workverb

Followed by in (or at, etc.) Said of one's workplace (building), or one's department, or one's trade (sphere of business).

‘I work in a national park’; ‘she works in the human resources department’; ‘he mostly works in logging, but sometimes works in carpentry’;

Workverb

Followed by as. Said of one's job title

‘I work as a cleaner.’;

Workverb

Followed by for. Said of a company or individual who employs.

‘she works for Microsoft’; ‘he works for the president’;

Workverb

Followed by with. General use, said of either fellow employees or instruments or clients.

‘I work closely with my Canadian counterparts’; ‘you work with computers’; ‘she works with the homeless people from the suburbs’;

Workverb

(transitive) To effect by gradual degrees.

‘he worked his way through the crowd’; ‘the dye worked its way through’; ‘using some tweezers, she worked the bee sting out of her hand’;

Workverb

(transitive) To embroider with thread.

Workverb

(transitive) To set into action.

‘He worked the levers.’;

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to ferment.

Workverb

(intransitive) To ferment.

Workverb

(transitive) To exhaust, by working.

‘The mine was worked until the last scrap of ore had been extracted.’;

Workverb

(transitive) To shape, form, or improve a material.

‘He used pliers to work the wire into shape.’;

Workverb

(transitive) To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality.

‘she works the night clubs’; ‘the salesman works the Midwest’; ‘this artist works mostly in acrylics’;

Workverb

(transitive) To operate in or through; as, to work the phones.

Workverb

(transitive) To provoke or excite; to influence.

‘The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy.’;

Workverb

(transitive) To use or manipulate to one’s advantage.

‘She knows how to work the system.’;

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.

‘I cannot work a miracle.’;

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to work.

‘He is working his servants hard.’;

Workverb

(intransitive) To function correctly; to act as intended; to achieve the goal designed for.

‘he pointed at the car and asked, "Does it work"?;’; ‘he looked at the bottle of pain pills, wondering if they would work;’; ‘my plan didn’t work’;

Workverb

To influence.

‘They worked on her to join the group.’;

Workverb

(intransitive) To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth.

Workverb

(intransitive) To move in an agitated manner.

‘His fingers worked with tension.’; ‘A ship works in a heavy sea.’;

Workverb

(intransitive) To behave in a certain way when handled

‘this dough does not work easily;’; ‘the soft metal works well’;

Workverb

To cause (someone) to feel (something); to do unto somebody (something, whether good or bad).

Workverb

To hurt; to ache.

Worknoun

Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physical labor.

‘Man hath his daily work of body or mindAppointed.’;

Worknoun

The matter on which one is at work; that upon which one spends labor; material for working upon; subject of exertion; the thing occupying one; business; duty; as, to take up one's work; to drop one's work.

‘Come on, Nerissa; I have work in handThat you yet know not of.’; ‘In every work that he began . . . he did it with all his heart, and prospered.’;

Worknoun

That which is produced as the result of labor; anything accomplished by exertion or toil; product; performance; fabric; manufacture; in a more general sense, act, deed, service, effect, result, achievement, feat.

‘To leave no rubs or blotches in the work.’; ‘The work some praise,And some the architect.’; ‘Fancy . . . Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams.’; ‘The composition or dissolution of mixed bodies . . . is the chief work of elements.’;

Worknoun

Specifically: (a) That which is produced by mental labor; a composition; a book; as, a work, or the works, of Addison. (b) Flowers, figures, or the like, wrought with the needle; embroidery.

‘I am glad I have found this napkin; . . . I'll have the work ta'en out,And give 't Iago.’;

Worknoun

Structures in civil, military, or naval engineering, as docks, bridges, embankments, trenches, fortifications, and the like; also, the structures and grounds of a manufacturing establishment; as, iron works; locomotive works; gas works.

Worknoun

Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect.

Worknoun

The causing of motion against a resisting force. The amount of work is proportioned to, and is measured by, the product of the force into the amount of motion along the direction of the force. See Conservation of energy, under Conservation, Unit of work, under Unit, also Foot pound, Horse power, Poundal, and Erg.

‘Energy is the capacity of doing work . . . Work is the transference of energy from one system to another.’;

Worknoun

Ore before it is dressed.

Worknoun

Performance of moral duties; righteous conduct.

‘He shall reward every man according to his works.’; ‘Faith, if it hath not works, is dead.’;

Worknoun

Break; twist.

Worknoun

The causing of motion against a resisting force, measured by the product of the force into the component of the motion resolved along the direction of the force.

‘Energy is the capacity of doing work. . . . Work is the transference of energy from one system to another.’;

Worknoun

Ore before it is dressed.

Workverb

To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like.

‘O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work,To match thy goodness?’; ‘Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you.’; ‘Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake,Our life doth pass.’;

Workverb

Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well.

‘We bend to that the working of the heart.’;

Workverb

Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce.

‘We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.’; ‘This so wrought upon the child, that afterwards he desired to be taught.’; ‘She marveled how she could ever have been wrought upon to marry him.’;

Workverb

To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil.

‘They that work in fine flax . . . shall be confounded.’;

Workverb

To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea.

‘Confused with working sands and rolling waves.’;

Workverb

To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; - with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth.

‘Till body up to spirit work, in boundsProportioned to each kind.’;

Workverb

To ferment, as a liquid.

‘The working of beer when the barm is put in.’;

Workverb

To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic.

‘Purges . . . work best, that is, cause the blood so to do, . . . in warm weather or in a warm room.’;

Workverb

To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.

‘He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why they forbare to work them at that time.’;

Workverb

To produce or form by labor; to bring forth by exertion or toil; to accomplish; to originate; to effect; as, to work wood or iron into a form desired, or into a utensil; to work cotton or wool into cloth.

‘Each herb he knew, that works or good or ill.’;

Workverb

To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion.

‘So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stainsOf rushing torrents and descending rains,Works itself clear, and as it runs, refines,Till by degrees the floating mirror shines.’;

Workverb

To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead.

Workverb

To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin.

Workverb

To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine.

‘Knowledge in building and working ships.’; ‘Now, Marcus, thy virtue's the proof;Put forth thy utmost strength, work every nerve.’; ‘The mariners all 'gan work the ropes,Where they were wont to do.’;

Workverb

To cause to ferment, as liquor.

‘Tears of joy for your returning spilt,Work out and expiate our former guilt.’; ‘The sun, that rolls his chariot o'er their heads,Works up more fire and color in their cheeks.’;

Worknoun

activity directed toward making or doing something;

‘she checked several points needing further work’;

Worknoun

a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing;

‘it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works’; ‘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’;

Worknoun

the occupation for which you are paid;

‘he is looking for employment’; ‘a lot of people are out of work’;

Worknoun

applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading);

‘mastering a second language requires a lot of work’; ‘no schools offer graduate study in interior design’;

Worknoun

the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it);

‘he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre’; ‘Picasso's work can be divided into periods’;

Worknoun

a place where work is done;

‘he arrived at work early today’;

Worknoun

(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;

‘work equals force times distance’;

Workverb

exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity;

‘I will work hard to improve my grades’; ‘she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor’;

Workverb

be employed;

‘Is your husband working again?’; ‘My wife never worked’; ‘Do you want to work after the age of 60?’; ‘She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money’; ‘She works as a waitress to put herself through college’;

Workverb

have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected;

‘The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought’; ‘How does your idea work in practice?’; ‘This method doesn't work’; ‘The breaks of my new car act quickly’; ‘The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water’;

Workverb

perform as expected when applied;

‘The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in’; ‘Does this old car still run well?’; ‘This old radio doesn't work anymore’;

Workverb

shape, form, or improve a material;

‘work stone into tools’; ‘process iron’; ‘work the metal’;

Workverb

give a work-out to;

‘Some parents exercise their infants’; ‘My personal trainer works me hard’; ‘work one's muscles’;

Workverb

proceed along a path;

‘work one's way through the crowd’; ‘make one's way into the forest’;

Workverb

operate in a certain place, area, or specialty;

‘She works the night clubs’; ‘The salesman works the Midwest’; ‘This artist works mostly in acrylics’;

Workverb

proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity;

‘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’;

Workverb

move in an agitated manner;

‘His fingers worked with tension’;

Workverb

cause to happen or to occur as a consequence;

‘I cannot work a miracle’; ‘wreak havoc’; ‘bring comments’; ‘play a joke’; ‘The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area’;

Workverb

cause to work;

‘he is working his servants hard’;

Workverb

prepare for crops;

‘Work the soil’; ‘cultivate the land’;

Workverb

behave in a certain way when handled;

‘This dough does not work easily’; ‘The soft metal works well’;

Workverb

have and exert influence or effect;

‘The artist's work influenced the young painter’; ‘She worked on her friends to support the political candidate’;

Workverb

operate in or through;

‘Work the phones’;

Workverb

cause to operate or function;

‘This pilot works the controls’; ‘Can you work an electric drill?’;

Workverb

provoke or excite;

‘The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy’;

Workverb

gratify and charm, usually in order to influence;

‘the political candidate worked the crowds’;

Workverb

make something, usually for a specific function;

‘She molded the riceballs carefully’; ‘Form cylinders from the dough’; ‘shape a figure’; ‘Work the metal into a sword’;

Workverb

move into or onto;

‘work the raisins into the dough’; ‘the student worked a few jokes into his presentation’; ‘work the body onto the flatbed truck’;

Workverb

make uniform;

‘knead dough’; ‘work the clay until it is soft’;

Workverb

use or manipulate to one's advantage;

‘He exploit the new taxation system’; ‘She knows how to work the system’; ‘he works his parents for sympathy’;

Workverb

find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of;

‘did you solve the problem?’; ‘Work out your problems with the boss’; ‘this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out’; ‘did you get it?’; ‘Did you get my meaning?’; ‘He could not work the math problem’;

Workverb

cause to undergo fermentation;

‘We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content’; ‘The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats’;

Workverb

go sour or spoil;

‘The milk has soured’; ‘The wine worked’; ‘The cream has turned--we have to throw it out’;

Workverb

arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion;

‘The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times’;

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