• WordNet 3.6
    • n workmanship skill in an occupation or trade
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first computer, the steam-driven calculating machine, was built in 1823 by Charles Babbage. It failed to work due to poor workmanship in the intricate parts. When rebuilt by the London Museum of Science in 1991, it worked.
    • Workmanship That which is effected, made, or produced; manufacture, something made by manual labor. "Not any skilled in workmanship embossed.""By how much Adam exceeded all men in perfection, by being the immediate workmanship of God."
    • Workmanship The art or skill of a workman; the execution or manner of making anything. "Due reward
      For her praiseworthy workmanship to yield."
      "Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown . . . Where most may wonder at the workmanship ."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n workmanship The art or skill of a workman: as, his workmanship was of a high order.
    • n workmanship The execution or finish shown in anything made; the quality of anything with reference to the excellence or the reverse in its construction or execution.
    • n workmanship The product or result of the labor and skill of a workman.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Workmanship the skill of a workman: manner of making: work done
    • ***


  • Walter Lippmann
    “Let a human being throw the energies of his soul into the making of something, and the instinct of workmanship will take care of his honesty.”
  • Ovid
    “Make the workmanship surpass the materials.”
  • Bible
    “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in the. [Ephesians 2:10]”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weorc; Ice. verk, Ger. werk; further conn. with Gr. ergon.


In literature:

That is to say, lines may be copied; but workmanship is another thing.
"The Art of Interior Decoration" by Grace Wood
It has the precision of workmanship of a thing executed to a well-tried recipe.
"George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians" by T. Martin Wood
The workmanship is very unequal in quality.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
The overture is a noble piece of workmanship.
"Purcell" by John F. Runciman
The coast of Sark shows some of the most fantastic workmanship of the sea, but the Gouliot Caves are its wildest and maddest freak.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
The workmanship was local and a good deal of it was faulty.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
He has not developed his sense of beauty, his instinct for excellence of workmanship.
"The House in Good Taste" by Elsie de Wolfe
As a specimen of superior workmanship, the cauldron has been greatly admired.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
We need a conscious plan more than ever for rebuilding and good workmanship in execution detail by detail.
"Rebuilding Britain" by Alfred Hopkinson
It was a marvel of workmanship, and its stock and lock were beautifully engraved.
"Bobby of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
The Certosa is a wilderness of lovely workmanship.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
The blocked doorway appearing in the drawing has every appearance of Saxon workmanship.
"The Evolution Of An English Town" by Gordon Home
And, moreover, it is saved from condemnation by its sobriety and by its honest workmanship.
"Your United States" by Arnold Bennett
Every plate was of exquisite workmanship.
"Prince Lazybones and Other Stories" by Mrs. W. J. Hays
A cypher of rare workmanship.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Opening this, he took out a small revolver of beautiful workmanship.
"Red Money" by Fergus Hume
They are of rude workmanship, and of a variety of shapes and sizes.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
Daggers and rapiers naturally abound, many of them of rare and beautiful workmanship.
"Science in Arcady" by Grant Allen
Every frame and wainscot and panel a study of color and exact workmanship and perfect finish.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Besides indescribably exquisite workmanship of all sorts.
"Juliana Horatia Ewing And Her Books" by Horatia K. F. Eden

In poetry:

There is no doubt such workmanship is sage.
The bound and ordered skies could not abide
A creature formed of elemental rage
For longer than a moment of its pride.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
If they are little, ah God! but the cost,
Who but thou knowest the all that is lost!
If they are few, is the workmanship true?
Try them and weigh me, whate'er be my due!
"Equipment" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
If thou shalt let this venome lurk,
And in suggestions fume and work,
My soul will turn to bubbles straight,
And thence by kinde
Vanish into a winde,
Making thy workmanship deceit.
"Nature" by George Herbert
While mortall love doth all the title gain!
Which siding with invention, they together
Bear all the sway, possessing heart and brain,
(Thy workmanship) and give thee share in neither.
"Love" by George Herbert

In news:

Designs, methods, codes, and workmanship all played a role in Florida's soggy storm experience.
Faulty workmanship not an accidental 'occurrence'.
The young man who owns the business and his workers were true gentlemen and took pride in their workmanship .
Articles Tagged with " workmanship ".
Roofing contractors recognized for workmanship .
ISO9001 Impact on Construction Workmanship Performance.
'We are God's Workmanship '.
Millions have enjoyed the high quality workmanship of Red Wing work boots .
The Faulty Workmanship Exclusion .
In the review, which was also posted on Angie's List, Perez accuses the company of shoddy workmanship and stealing her jewelry.
The Prometheus has been developed using the best materials, workmanship and treatments possible in a production knife.
The quilts will not be judged on quality or workmanship, but must have the personal story or history with it.
The workmanship on these more complex jobs is the best we've seen in 30 years of having our boots repaired in three different states.
Quality workmanship at affordable prices.
The Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based company was ranked highest among San Antonio costumers in the following categories: Workmanship and materials.