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definition of the word work

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Old English weorc, worc; akin to Old Frisian werk, wirk, Old Saxon, Dutch werk, German Werk, Old High German werc, werah, Icelandic & Swedish verk, Danish værk, Gothic gawaúrki, Ancient Greek ἔργον (work), Avestan verez (to work). Cognates include: bulwark, energy, erg, georgic, liturgy, metallurgy, organ, surgeon, wright.


countable and uncountable; works

work (countable and uncountable; plural works)

  1. (uncountable) Labour, employment, occupation, job.
    My work involves a lot of travel.
  2. (uncountable) The place where one is employed.
    He hasn’t come home yet, he’s still at work.
  3. (uncountable) 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.
  4. (uncountable, physics) A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force*distance. No work is done if the object does not move.
    Work is done against friction to drag a bag along the ground.
  5. (uncountable, thermodynamics) A nonthermal First Law energy in transit between one form or repository and another. Also, a means of accomplishing such transit.[1].
  6. (countable) A literary, artistic, or intellectual production.
    It is a work of art.
  7. (countable) A fortification.
    William the Conqueror fortified many castles, throwing up new ramparts, bastions and all manner of works.
  8. (uncountable, slang, professional wrestling) The staging of events to appear as real.

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