• Two Blacksmiths Working the Bellows
    Two Blacksmiths Working the Bellows
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Workful Full of work; diligent.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Mining Works of Wady Maghara the Mining Works of Wady Maghara
Photo of Indian Bead Work Photo of Indian Bead Work
Work of Ambrosia Beetles in Oak Work of Ambrosia Beetles in Oak
Sliding Down to Work Sliding Down to Work

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Flu shots only work about 70% of the time
    • workful Full of activity and work; laborious; industrious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Termites work 24 hours per day -- they do not sleep
    • adj Workful industrious
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  • Gary Player
    Gary Player
    “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
  • Erica Jong
    “Men and women, women and men; it will never work.”
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
    Mikhail Gorbachev
    “My life's work has been accomplished. I did all that I could.”
  • David Livingstone
    David Livingstone
    “Fear God and work hard.”
  • Jean De La Fontaine
    “By the work one knows the workmen.”
  • Japanese Proverb
    Japanese Proverb
    “If he works for you, you work for him.”


All in a day's work - If something is all in a day's work, it is nothing special.
Devil finds work for idle hands - When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don't have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.
Do their dirty work - Someone who does someone's dirty work, carries out the unpleasant jobs that the first person doesn't want to do. Someone who seems to enjoy doing this is sometimes known as a 'henchman'.
Donkey work - Donkey work is any hard, boring work or task.
Have your work cut out - If you have your work cut out, you are very busy indeed.
Many hands make light work - This idiom means that when everyone gets involved in something, the work gets done quickly.
Noddy work - (UK) Unimportant or very simple tasks are noddy work.
Spanner in the works - (UK) If someone puts or throws a spanner in the works, they ruin a plan. In American English, 'wrench' is used instead of 'spanner'.
Throw a monkey wrench into the works - (USA) If you throw a monkey wrench into the works, you ensure that something fails.
Throw a spanner in the works - (UK) If you throw a spanner in the works, you cause a problem that stops or slows progress on something that was going well.
Work like a charm - If something works like a charm, it works perfectly.
Work like a dog - If you work like a dog, you work very hard.
Work the system - If people work the system, they exploit the state or similar setup to their advantage.
Work your fingers to the bone - If you work your fingers to the bone, you work extremely hard on something.
Work your socks off - If you work your socks off, you work very hard.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weorc; Ice. verk, Ger. werk; further conn. with Gr. ergon.


In literature:

The reward for all good work is not rest, but more work, and harder work.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Along just these lines of individualized cosmopolitanism the American school is working out its identity.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
You have to work, and your work largely consists in yielding yourselves to the work of God upon you.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
He worked there one summer, and the work was continued by Luca Signorelli.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture" by Clara Erskine Clement
Go away; exchange your work here for a time for work in London.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
This culminated in a period without work.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
A proclamation has just been issued that all men who are able to work must report for work or leave the place.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
This was the great work marked out by Luther and Melanchthon, and their pupils and disciples carried that work to its fulfillment.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Clearly, then, good works do not make Christians, but Christians bring forth good works.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
I did an hour's work, and then tackled the house work.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

By faith I do perfection claim,
By works I never grasp the name;
Yet without works my faith is nought,
And thereby no perfection brought.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Though works of righteousness I store,
Yet righteousness of works abhor;
For righteousness without a flaw
Is righteousness without the law.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Teach us the lesson Thou hast taught,
To feel for those Thy blood hath bought;
That every word and deed and thought
May work a work for Thee.
"O God of Mercy, God of Might" by Godfrey Thring
To thee, most Holy and most High,
To thee we bring our thankful praise;
Thy works declare thy name is nigh,
Thy works of wonder and of grace.
"Psalm 75" by Isaac Watts
"Fear ye no that," quo the Laird's Jock;
"A faint heart neer wan a fair ladie;
Work thou within, we'll work without,
And I'll be sworn we set thee free."
"Jock O The Side" by Andrew Lang
My heart shall triumph in my Lord,
And bless his works, and bless his word;
Thy works of grace, how bright they shine!
How deep thy counsels! how divine!
"Psalm 92 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Owners Jeff and Marc Bauman, whichever one was working the booth, would say they were working on a brick-and-mortar.
The new work will be presented in a show along with the work of several other Charlotte-based choreographers .
Working at home didn't work, either.
Our members work hard to protect the public, while working with inmates incarcerated in 13 prisons throughout the state.
Students Working Wonders is a pilot program out of Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma that works with high school volunteers to help build leadership, raise funds and build community awareness.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama this week ordered his much-publicized Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group back to work.
IRVING, Texas – Robert Frazer 's crew will work the Cowboys' Monday Night Football matchup with Chicago a week after it worked an AFC East matchup between the New York Jets and Miami and called 22 penalties.
It used to be work to find work.
Net Work Practical IT insight from Tony Bradley » More Net Work » RSS » All Blogs.
American, which has done much of its maintenance work in-house, will outsource the work now done at Alliance or transfer it.
Work on PPL's $510M Susquehanna-Roseland power line work to begin in mid-July .
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He began working at a law firm in Willmar that same year and started his own practice , doing trial work, in Paynesville in 1962, which he continued until he was appointed to the county court by Governor Wendell Anderson in 1975.
With the passing of SciFi legend Ray Bradbury, one fan of his work realizes how his story 'All Summer in a Day' works as a gay allegory.
Larry Parvin that he wasn't done with his work with the Bethel Baptist Church when he was here last summer doing work on the church's bathroom.

In science:

Most of the work done until now in this framework was on generalized, complex and K¨ahler structures and this work was motivated by applications to supersymmetry in string theory .
Generalized CRF-structures
The graphical representations of the workflows, that show the status of a workflow instance to the end user, are provided by the system.
Submission of content to a digital object repository using a configurable workflow system
The pioneering work by Verbaarschot, Weidenm¨uller and Zirnbauer can be found in reference ; see also the works by Fyodorov and Sommers, [13, 20].
Random matrices beyond the Cartan classification
Orbital parameters of the system found in this work, compared to previous work (Pogodin et al. 2004; Monnier et al. 2006).
Characterisation of the magnetic field of the Herbig Be star HD 200775
However, this theoretical work is rather idealized and it has yet to be determined if this mechanism actually works successfully in realistic 3-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations.
Constraining the Nature of X-ray Cavities in Clusters and Galaxies