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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ornamental or structural work, as of embroidery or metal, containing numerous openings, usually in set patterns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several forms of metalwork or needlework having decorative openings
  • n. A quarry; an open cut.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything so constructed or manufactured (in needlework, carpentry, metal work, etc.) as to show openings through its substance; work that is perforated or pierced.
  • n. A quarry; an open cut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any work, especially ornamental work, so made or manufactured as to show openings through its substance; specifically, fancy work done with thread of different kinds, such as knitting, netting, lace, and many kinds of embroidery; decoration of the simplest sort made with small openings set in regular patterns.
  • n. In fortification, a work or fortification which is not protected at the gorge by a parapet or otherwise.
  • n. In mining, a place where mining or quarrying is done open to the air, or uncovered by rock or earth. Also called open working and open-cast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. ornamental work (such as embroidery or latticework) having a pattern of openings

Etymologies

open +‎ work (Wiktionary)

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