• WordNet 3.6
    • adj workable capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gottfried Daimler of Stuttgart, Germany, is generally regarded as the father of the automobile because he was the first to come up with a workable gasoline engine.
    • a Workable Capable of being worked, or worth working; as, a workable mine; workable clay.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • workable That can be worked, or that is worth working: as, a workable mine; workable coal. The term workable, as applied to coal, has two meanings: one refers to the maximum limit of depth, the other to the minimum limit of thickness of the bed or beds. In the Report of the English Royal Commission appointed in 1866, the limit of workable depth was taken as 4,000 feet, that of thickness at 1 foot. But no coal has yet been worked to so great a depth as that, and it has only very rarely happened that a seam of less than 2 feet in thickness has been actually mined.
    • workable Practicable; feasible: as, a workable scheme for lighting the streets.
    • workable Capable of being stirred or influenced.
    • workable Capable of being set at work.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Workable that may be worked
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weorc; Ice. verk, Ger. werk; further conn. with Gr. ergon.


In literature:

The essential fact in any fundamental workable truth about human nature is that all the people who have any are very much alike.
"The Ghost in the White House" by Gerald Stanley Lee
He adopted the English type of engine, the side paddle, everything that seemed to him workable.
"Steve and the Steam Engine" by Sara Ware Bassett
When you finally get one that seems workable, we'll have the shops make a model.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
It was based on faulty premises, and incomplete, of course; but in its own way it was workable enough.
"Suite Mentale" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Because the one workable argument had a good chance of succeeding.
"Charley de Milo" by Laurence Mark Janifer AKA Larry M. Harris
About how long do you think it will be before you have a workable compound?
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
One can trust them to evolve a workable system.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
They say that broad Christian principles are more workable.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
In the second step, the required action is developed to place it upon a practical, workable basis as a detailed plan to be executed.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
It was more simple and workable than the previous legislation, and lasted until the Revolution.
"William Penn" by George Hodges
Blocks of this kind have been known to furnish the natives in their vicinity for many years with sources of workable iron.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
With this treatment a good dry skin will come out as soft and workable as a fresh one.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Their first duty was to evolve a workable plan of government.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
The simpler the better and it does not matter whether it is workable or not; pulling it to pieces will give us a start.
"The Lost Kafoozalum" by Pauline Ashwell
But, once a given theory proved workable, how resistant he would be to a new theory.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
If the thing's workable, I want to see it used in England.
"Nor Iron Bars a Cage...." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Here there is an actual workable analogy.
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer
There, that is a plausible and workable explanation.
"The Six Fingers of Time" by Raphael Aloysius Lafferty
It was only after many months' labour that several of the shafts were, with much difficulty, got into workable order again.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Finally the group broke up without anyone offering a workable plan.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery

In news:

The guides wear name tags, and most speak workable English.
Senate's Cullerton says workable casino deal in works.
Of three proposals, the governor said one near the Basilica of St Mary looks most workable.
Nonprofit mall idea is 'absolutely workable ' in area.
Email privacy: Court ruling offers workable approach.
Court ruling offers workable approach.
US, UN grapple for workable peace plan in Syria.
NCPA seeks ' workable solution' for DEA's Controlled Substances Act interpretation.
Pork producers and veterinarians have eliminated many diseases, but now it's time to build a workable biosecurity program to upgrade animal health.
Nonprofit mall idea is ' absolutely workable' in area.
Golden Gate Bridge 's plaza flawed but workable.
If every murder that subjected a defendant to a sentence of life without parole took place outside prison, Proposition 34 might be workable.
I would like to present an alternative to parcel taxes to be considered that I believe is workable for this highly educated city.
At the same time, the university put into effect its West Philadelphia Initiative, a five-pronged plan, developed with neighborhood input, to revitalize the struggling neighborhood and make it a livable, workable community.
"A robot can improve the angle of workability.".

In science:

FC models provide a workable context for studying the unconventional energy dependence without the complication of direction-dependent effects.
Lorentz violation and neutrinos
As we discussed in the introduction, [OII] emission is a workable tracer of star formation in a statistical sense (e.g., Hopkins et al. 2003), nevertheless, we will avoid explicit conversion of EW[OII] into star formation rates.
The Evolution of [OII] Emission from Cluster Galaxies
We conclude that our scheme provides a workable two-qubit gate in the dressed state basis for any value of the fixed coupling g0 .
Parametric coupling for superconducting qubits
It is therefore important to determine, as far as we can, what value to place on the historical archives, and to determine a workable solution for their long-term storage and digitization before we lose the opportunity to make that decision.
Astronomical Data Management
Of these options, the most advanced design is for the first, and this is described here to give a sense of what a workable system must include.
Accelerator design concept for future neutrino facilities
Dembski’s randomness test is too ambiguous to be workable and should be replaced by a universal Martin L¨of randomness test based on Kolmogorov’s deficiency in randomness.
An Algorithmic Information Theory Critique of Statistical Arguments for Intelligent Design
The Banach space of workable contingent claims in arbitrage theory.
Overview of utility-based valuation
According to conditional equations constitute a workable formalism for a CCL.1 Informal control code logic (ICCL)2 provides informal reasoning patterns about the use of control codes.
Informal Control code logic
Workable local tests may also be constructed on the basis of normally distributed scores.
Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research
The reason for introducing Hypothesis 6.1 is that there seems to be no clear way of generalizing Goodwillie’s proof to the transfinite case, as it is rather clear what should take the place of the P0 pnqi appearing in the proof (the obvious guess, P0 pnqα , for α an ordinal, does not seem to be workable).
A general context for Goodwillie Calculus
We bring this definition to a workable form by making use of an asymmetric Wigner representation.
Wigner transformation for the determinant of Dirac operators
We then proceed to supersymmetrize this model by writing down the particle spectrum and a workable supersymmetric SUC (3) × S pL(6) × UY (1) gauge invariant lagrangian.
A Supersymmetric $Sp_{L} \times U_{Y}(1)$ Model
The preceding lemma provides us with a workable expression for the number of watermelon configurations with a given number of contacts with the x-axis.
Watermelon configurations with wall interaction: exact and asymptotic results
Our main aim in this appendix is to provide simpler, workable, expressions for F2 (n), for all d ≤ N and N large enough.
Elementary potential theory on the hypercube
Further progress in developing a workable quantum computer will depend on the architecture’s ability to generate various multiqubit entangled states that form the basis for many important information processing algorithms .
Maximally entangling tripartite protocols for Josephson phase qubits