• 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

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.