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  1. work·ing
    IPA[ˈwərkiNG]
  2. adjective

    • 1. having paid employment:

      the size of the working population
      Synonym : employed, in work, in a job, waged, in gainful employment
    • 2. engaged in manual labor:

      the vote is no longer sufficient protection for the working man
    • 3. relating to, suitable for, or for the purpose of work:

      improvements in living and working conditions
    • 4. (of an animal) used in farming, hunting, or for guard duties; not kept as a pet or for show.

    • 5. functioning or able to function:

      the mill still has a working waterwheel
      Synonym : functioning, operating, going, running, active, in working order, operational, functional, able to function, usable, serviceable, up and running
    • 6. (of parts of a machine) moving and causing a machine to operate:

      the working parts of a digital watch
    • 7. (of a theory, definition, or title) used as the basis for work or argument and likely to be developed, adapted, or improved later:

      the working hypothesis is tested and refined through discussion
    • 8. (of something possessed) sufficient to work with:

      they have a working knowledge of contract law
      Synonym : sufficient, adequate, good enough, viable, useful, effective

    noun

    • 1. the action of doing work.

    • 2. the way in which a machine, organization, or system operates:

      we will be less secretive about the workings of government
      Synonym : functioning, operation, running, action, performance, mechanism, machinery, working/moving parts, movement, action, works, innards, insides
    • 3. a mine or a part of a mine from which minerals are being extracted.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: working, plural noun: workings

    • adjective

      having paid employment:

      engaged in manual labour:

    • noun

      the action of doing work:

      a scheduled duty or trip performed by a locomotive, train, bus, or other vehicle:

    • noun

      activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result:

      mental or physical activity as a means of earning income; employment:

    • verb

      be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, especially in one's job; do work:

      be employed in a specified occupation or field:

    • combining form

      denoting things or parts made of a specified material or with specified tools:

      denoting a mechanism or structure of a specified kind:

    • noun

      activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result:

      mental or physical activity as a means of earning income; employment:

    • verb

      be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a result; do work:

      be employed in a specified occupation or field:

    • combining form

      denoting things or parts made of a specified material or with specified tools:

      denoting a mechanism or structure of a specified kind:

    • noun

      the part of short-term memory that is concerned with immediate conscious perceptual and linguistic processing.

      an area of high-speed memory used to store programs or data currently in use.

    • noun

      the social group consisting of people who are employed for wages, especially in manual or industrial work:
    • adjective

      relating to people belonging to the working class:
    • noun

      a woman who goes out to work rather than remaining at home.

      a prostitute.

    • noun

      a scale drawing which serves as a guide for the construction or manufacture of something such as a building or machine.
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