American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Ornamental or structural work, as of embroidery or metal, containing numerous openings, usually in set patterns.
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.
- n. Any of several forms of metalwork or needlework having decorative openings
- n. mining A quarry; an open cut.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. (Mining) A quarry; an open cut.
- n. ornamental work (such as embroidery or latticework) having a pattern of openings
- open + work (Wiktionary)
“Christy, it looks like she did just that -- the full-length skirt was some kind of openwork, either knitted or crocheted you can pretty much do anything with knitting that you can with crochet, although some things are lot more difficult to accomplish.”
“They had blackened faces and hands and were holding up, as if to display it, a kind of openwork frame built up from short swords.”
“Her sleeves came a little below the elbow, and both wore black silk "openwork" mitts that came half-way up the arm.”
“-- Our illustration shows a third kind of openwork ground with one corner in damask stitch, of the square represented in fig. 105.”
“Who made that openwork aluminum outdoor bench and chair set sitting outside the Reclaimed Space house?”
“At the time I guessed that the elegant, openwork frame was rather special, and in all probability “original,” meaning that the finished canvas had probably never been housed differently.”
“The outdoor collection ILLU offers an openwork shelter in natural oak, from French forests.”
“It is shaped of metal openwork, so that one can see into and through every facet of the figure.”
“In San Felipe de los Herreros are the finest examples of openwork dresses and blouses, also found in Zacán, Tócuaro and Erongarícuaro.”
“The openwork and embroidered blouses and guanengos can be made with different techniques such as straight stitching, cross-point, and tucks.”
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