from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Performing work.
  • adjective Operating or functioning as required.
  • adjective Having a paying job; employed.
  • adjective Spent at work.
  • adjective Taken while continuing to work.
  • adjective Sufficient to allow action.
  • adjective Adequate for practical use.
  • adjective Serving as a basis or guide for further work.
  • noun The manner in which something operates or functions.
  • noun The parts of a mine or quarry that have been or are being excavated.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In forestry, the harvesting of the final yield under a working plan.
  • noun Nautical, the condition of moving slightly or changing form under the strain of rolling: said of a vessel or any of its structural parts. See work, v. i., 9.
  • noun Action; operation: as, the workings of fancy.
  • noun Method of operation; doing.
  • noun Fermentation: as, the working of yeast.
  • noun plural The parts of a mine, quarry, or openwork in which, or near which, mining or quarrying is actually being carried on.
  • noun The process which goes on in water when it blossoms. See work, v. i., 8.
  • Active; busy.
  • Engaged in physical toil or manual labor as a means of livelihood; laboring: as, working people. Compare working-man.
  • Connected with the carrying on of some undertaking or business: as, working expenses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • a & n. from work.
  • See Beam, n. 10.
  • the class of people who are engaged in manual labor, or are dependent upon it for support; laborers; operatives; -- chiefly used in the plural.
  • See under Day, n.
  • a drawing, as of the whole or part of a structure, machine, etc., made to a scale, and intended to be followed by the workmen. Working drawings are either general or detail drawings.
  • a house where work is performed; a workhouse.
  • (Mach.) that part of a machine at which the effect required; the point where the useful work is done.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of work.
  • noun usually plural Operation; action.
  • noun Method of operation.
  • noun Fermentation.
  • noun To become full of a vegetable substance.
  • adjective That is or are functioning.
  • adjective That suffices but requires additional work.
  • adjective In paid employment.
  • adjective Of or relating to employment.
  • adjective Enough to allow one to use something.

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

  • adjective adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something
  • adjective adopted as a temporary basis for further work
  • adjective (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
  • adjective actively engaged in paid work
  • adjective serving to permit or facilitate further work or activity
  • noun a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked


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