• WordNet 3.6
    • n workhorse a horse used for plowing and hauling and other heavy labor
    • n workhorse machine that performs dependably under heavy use "the IBM main frame computers have been the workhorse of the business world"
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In literature:

Besides, this sailplane is a workhorse.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
In London alone there are 99,830 persons in workhorses, hospitals, prisons, or industrial schools.
"Britain for the British" by Robert Blatchford
The big man who had pulled the cart seemed to be the workhorse of the company.
"In Pastures New" by George Ade
He figured that he might work up a trade of two unbroken colts for a gentle workhorse.
"The Long Dim Trail" by Forrestine C. Hooker
You'll know, then, how a workhorse feels!
"Uncle Walt [Walt Mason]" by Walt Mason

In news:

As if PDFs could not get any more useful for busy feds, Nuance PDF Converter Enterprise 8 is on the scene to add functionality and features to this government workhorse of a file format.
A Grape Adds Distinction to Its Workhorse Status.
The Bay Area is getting ready for a historic visit from a workhorse of the space shuttle fleet.
Jerry Jones sees DeMarco Murray as the workhorse running back the Dallas Cowboys haven't had since Emmitt Smith.
Work began this week on a major reconstruction project on the workhorse Watt Avenue interchange on Highway 50.
Ondrej Pavelec was a high-achieving workhorse in goal last season.
There's no question the EVO 3D is a lightning-fast workhorse.
Today's options can transform a skid steer from utility machine to production workhorse.
Workhorse Offers New Extra Wide Dryer for Production in a Small Space.
Dell Precision M6600 Mobile 'Workhorse'.
Who were Bears' real workhorses.
Workhorse Announces Brake Recall Remedy.
Cisco Router a Workgroup Workhorse .
Alfred Morris thriving as Redskins' workhorse back.
Celebrating the ' workhorse ' Bay Bridge.

In science:

The workhorse for studying gravitational lensing in the high optical depth regime has been the inverse ray-tracing method (Kayser et al. 1986, Wambsganss et al. 1990).
Interpreting microlensing signal in QSO 2237+0305: Stars or planets?
We analyze data for two black hole binaries and illustrate the flexibility of simpl by convolving simpl with diskbb, the workhorse accretion disk model that has been used for decades (Mitsuda et al. 1984).
A Simple Comptonization Model
Coalescing binary systems of compact ob jects – black holes and neutron stars – will be the workhorse source for gravitational wave observations.
Bayesian coherent analysis of in-spiral gravitational wave signals with a detector network
We first recall the Hilbert space version of a classical estim ate due to van der Corput, which has long been a workhorse of Ergodic Ramsey Theory.
Multiple recurrence and the structure of probability-preserving systems
The p-state Potts glass [6–11] is one of the most versatile models in statistical physics: For p = 2 states it reduces to the well-known Edwards-Anderson Ising spin glass , a workhorse in the study of disordered magnetic systems.
Evidence of a glass transition in a 10-state non-mean-field Potts glass
The workhorse Hoeffding inequality would be blind to this useful information.
Optimal Sequential Selection of a Unimodal Subsequence of a Random Sequence
From a more conceptual point of view, the description in (2.2) shows a formal similarity to so-called condensation of permutation modules, a wellknown workhorse in computational representation theory, see for example [25, Sections 9, 10].
Brou\'e's abelian defect group conjecture for the sporadic simple Janko group J_4 revisited
The workhorse is the OpenGL suite of drivers for X, Xm, Qt and Win32.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system
The workhorse of the Geant4 Visualisation System is the set of OpenGL drivers.
The Geant4 Visualisation System - a multi-driver graphics system
The paradigm and workhorse of low-dimensional systems is the nanometer-scale semiconductor structure, or semiconductor “nanostructure,” which consists of a compositionally varying semiconductor alloy engineered at the atomic scale .
Quantum Phenomena in Low-Dimensional Systems
We will focus the discussion on the best two Bose coolers available, 23Na and 87Rb - the workhorses for Bose-Einstein condensation - and the only two stable Fermi isotopes for alkali atoms, 6Li and 40K.
Ultracold atomic Fermi-Bose mixtures in bichromatic optical dipole traps: a novel route to study fermion superfluidity
Our implementation of this algorithm, when G is the n-cycle, is the workhorse behind our computations in .
Convex Rank Tests and Semigraphoids
Fourier transform infrared reflectivity (FTIR) is the workhorse spectroscopy for optical characterization of solids (Fig. 15).
Electrodynamics of correlated electron systems
Currently, the multigrid solver is our workhorse algorithm. A second bottleneck to performance in simulations with radiation is the formal solution of the transfer equation.
A Godunov Method for Multidimensional Radiation Magnetohydrodynamics based on a variable Eddington tensor
The “workhorse” of supersymmetry searches at the LHC is thus the channel with large missing transverse momentum and jets of high transverse momentum.
Searches for phenomena beyond the Standard Model at the LHC with the ATLAS and CMS detectors