• WordNet 3.6
    • n handwork a work produced by hand labor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Handwork work done with the hands, as distinguished from work done by a machine; handiwork.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n handwork Work done by hand, as distinguished from that done by machinery. In decorative art hand-work is much esteemed as having variety and life: it may include the use of all tools and appliances which are not merely mechanical in their action. Thus, a punch producing an impressed flower may be used many times in the same design, which still remains hand-work; but the use of a single punch producing the whole design at a blow is not so termed. The engraving of the punch itself may, however, have been handwork of a high quality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Handwork work done by hand, as distinguished from machinery
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hand; in all Teut. tongues, perh. rel. to Goth. hinthan, to seize.


In literature:

He examined the handwork on the hilt, then snapped a fingernail against the blade.
"The Players" by Everett B. Cole
Neither by machine nor handwork can the opening be closed with exactly the same stitch as that made by the needles of the power knitter.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
The ability to do good handwork rapidly is the prerequisite.
"The Making of a Trade School" by Mary Schenck Woolman
These rules apply generally to all handworked embroideries.
"Handbook of Embroidery" by L. Higgin
Machine and handworkers carry out special orders in making curtains, cushions, lampshades, etc.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
Every fruit may be the separate product of handwork.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
Here handwork is combined with industrial art adapted to metal work.
"The Condition and Tendencies of Technical Education in Germany" by Arthur Henry Chamberlain
Her preference for handwork is not that it has artistic possibilities, but that it costs her less.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
There was the talk of new Swedish methods, of handwork instruction, and so on.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Roland, the handworker, 45/17.
"Dialogues in French and English" by William Caxton
Your hands have worked well: is your courage spent In handwork only?
"The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume IV" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The handworker is more or less elemental, dealing directly with the materials.
"The Holy Earth" by L. H. Bailey
Many pleasant experiments are to be made in connecting some of the handwork of the youngest children with their literature.
"Literature in the Elementary School" by Porter Lander MacClintock
The Bauer, the Handworker, the Sportsman, in short, each and all have their peculiar songs in abundance, which are never out of their mouths.
"The Student-Life of Germany" by William Howitt
They are especially good in handwork.
"Japan and the California Problem" by Toyokichi Iyenaga
They were all sitting in the orchard, busy with various sorts of handwork.
"The Camp Fire Girls at Onoway House" by Hildegard G. Frey
Gymnastics, handwork, and cooking are by far the most popular.
"The Psychology of Arithmetic" by Edward L. Thorndike
The per-inch cost of machine drilling averaged 5.5 cents, all inclusive, vs. 11.2 cents for handwork.
"Tunnel Engineering. A Museum Treatment" by Robert M. Vogel
Direct handwork with pick, chisel and hammer, and fire setting were the principal means of rock removal for centuries.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous
Prepare hot water in the tub, with dissolved soap in it, either for handwork or a washer.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne

In news:

Joyce Marie (Leatherberry) Handwork , 69, passed away Nov 14, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Handwork has the potential to provide the highest profit margins to our business compared to any other business component.
The handwork, although difficult to fathom on the catwalk, included what looked like speckles of printed and painted colors.
Handwork has the potential to provide the highest profit margins to our business compared to any other business component.