• WordNet 3.6
    • n workbasket container for holding implements and materials for work (especially for sewing)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Workbasket A basket for holding materials for needlework, or the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n workbasket A basket used by women either to hold the implements for sewing, as needles, thread, scissors, or thimble, in which case the basket is small, or to hold partly made garments, articles needing repair, etc., for which use the basket is large and has a wide opening.
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In literature:

She took up her workbasket and waited for him to speak.
"O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather
After tea and a go-to-bed romp with the little girls, I attacked the big workbasket, and had a quiet evening chatting with my new friend.
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
He threw himself into an easy-chair and turned over the contents of Philippa's workbasket.
"The Zeppelin's Passenger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Instead, at every turn, there was a hint of feminine tastes: a mirror, a workbasket, a low sewing-chair, a stand with a tea tray.
"Miss Billy" by Eleanor H. Porter
Workbasket I could buy for Molly's birthday.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Open on her workbasket was a Spanish guide-book and a map attached to it.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
She was sitting at the table with a workbasket among the tea things, mending a glove in order to avoid her share of clearing away.
"The History of Mr. Polly" by H. G. Wells
Mrs. Cary, with her workbasket on her arm, paused at the top of the steps and regarded the angry pair with well-bred surprise.
"The Littlest Rebel" by Edward Peple
A workbasket of plain sewing lay open among the pillows on the sofa.
"The Title Market" by Emily Post
Such a trunk should be kept locked, and a smaller supply, for current use, retained in a workbasket.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Sheila, flanked by clothesbasket and workbasket, sat on the veranda mending his shirts.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Her workbasket was standing by her chair, piled high with mending that she had neglected for her pleasuring.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
She could find use for a workbasket with all kinds of things in it very well: she has only an old one she used at school, you know.
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig
I found her workbasket just as she had left it.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
The arrangement of the workbasket could not last for ever.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
Her workbasket crowded Drew's tobacco-jar deliberately from the table to the top of the bookcase.
"The Sick-a-Bed Lady" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
What had a workbasket to do in the room of a man?
"Hammer and Anvil" by Friedrich Spielhagen
These strips are made into ladies' workbaskets and endless knick-knacks.
"Wild Life in a Southern County" by Richard Jefferies
One found grandmother's workbasket.
"Peter and Polly in Winter" by Rose Lucia
Ben had seen the incomplete sampler, shyly unfolded from a workbasket at times when Mr. Kenny was away in the city.
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn