• Head of Worker Bee
    Head of Worker Bee
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n worker sterile member of a colony of social insects that forages for food and cares for the larvae
    • n worker a person who works at a specific occupation "he is a good worker"
    • n worker a person who acts and gets things done "he's a principal actor in this affair","when you want something done get a doer","he's a miracle worker"
    • n worker a member of the working class (not necessarily employed) "workers of the world--unite!"
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Worker brood and queen cells Worker brood and queen cells

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the only queen ant dies, so does the entire colony, because no new workers are born
    • Worker (Zoöl) One of the neuter, or sterile, individuals of the social ants, bees, and white ants. The workers are generally females having the sexual organs imperfectly developed. See Ant, and White ant, under White.
    • Worker One who, or that which, works; a laborer; a performer; as, a worker in brass. "Professors of holiness, but workers of iniquity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined
    • n worker One who or that which works; a laborer; a toiler; a performer; a doer.
    • n worker In entomology, the neuter or undeveloped female of various social hymenopterous and a few other insects, as bees, ants, and termites, which collects pollen, makes honey, builds or fabricates cells or a nest, stores up food, cares for the young, herds and milks the aphids kept as cows, and performs other services for the community of which it is a member. Among bees the worker is distinguished from the queen and the drone, or the perfect female and male. Among ants certain of the workers are specialized and specified as soldiers; these make war and capture slaves. See cuts under Apidæ, Atta, Monomorium, Termes, and umbrella-ant.
    • n worker Maker; creator.
    • n worker In a carding-machine, one of the urchins, or small card-covered cylinders.
    • n worker A leather-workers' two-handled knife, used in scraping hides.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Construction workers hard hats were first invented and used in the building of the Hoover Dam in 1933.
    • ns Worker a toiler, performer: among insects, the neuter or undeveloped female
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  • Les Brown
    “Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.”
  • George Henry Lewes
    George Henry Lewes
    “The real people of genius were resolute workers not idle dreamers.”
  • George Orwell
    “Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Good luck is a lazy man's estimate of a worker's success.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.”
  • Herman Cain
    Herman Cain
    “Nobody motivates today's workers. If it doesn't come from within, it doesn't come. Fun helps remove the barriers that allow people to motivate themselves.”


Bad workers always blame their tools - "A bad worker always blames their tools" - If somebody does a job badly or loses in a game and claims that they were let down by their equipment, you can use this to imply that this was not the case.
Hive of worker bees - A hive of worker bees is a group of people working actively and cooperatively. Example: The classroom was a hive of worker bees.


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


In literature:

It is not possible for a worker who has skill with the hand and no education to back it up to rise far in her trade.
"The Making of a Trade School" by Mary Schenck Woolman
It is essentially a hard worker.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Autocracy, democracy, the rank and file of the workers, especially the women workers, understand not, ponder not.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
The mining was done entirely by the small workers.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878" by Various
Every successful man or woman is a hard worker.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
It is a mistake for any worker not to make herself familiar with what other workers in her own occupation are doing.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
She is longer than either the drones or workers, but her size, in other respects, is a medium between the two.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Workers and smiths were everywhere.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Of course you can't get along without the brain-workers.
"Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy
I realized more and more that she was indeed a God-given co-worker.
"How I Know God Answers Prayer" by Rosalind Goforth

In poetry:

A hamlet of a single street,
From end to end the children play,
And workers sit, for rest is sweet
After the labour of the day.
"A City Reverie" by Alexander Anderson
Shoo's putten her trust i' us workers,
We'll save her, niver fear;
Feight for her, live for her, dee for her,
Her childer that loves her dear.
"The New Englishman" by F W Moorman
If thou hast aught in common with thy kind,
Come from this idle mood,
And stand with willing heart and steadfast mind,
As the brave worker should.
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson
A little crowd would gather round —
Tired workers, idlers, women wan —
To hear how Christ with thorns was crowned
And scourged and crucified for man.
"A Preacher" by John Joy Bell
There let him rest, while the great ages roll,
Reaping the harvest which his hand has sown.
Thou noble worker of the grand, firm soul,
Thou pioneer of brotherhood, sleep on!
"By The Grave of Livingstone" by Alexander Anderson
There is a noise, and then the crowded herd
Of noon-time workers flows into the street.
My soul, bewildered and without retreat,
Closes its wings and shrinks, a frightened bird.
"Memories (Lower New York City at noon hour)" by Marya Zaturenska

In news:

Most of the workers sent to the East Coast to.
WASHINGTON — The first trickle of federal funds has started to go out after Hurricane Sandy — $29 million to rebuild highways, $30 million to hire temporary workers to help with the cleanup.
Of the 82,000 workers in this field around the country in 2008 at businesses with at least 25 workers.
At companies that offer a Roth 401(k) plan, young workers are more likely to participate than older workers are.
More than 2 million factory workers went on a one-day strike across Indonesia on Wednesday to demand better benefits and protest the hiring of contract workers, union officials said.
Hundreds of union workers from around greater Los Angeles staged a protest against working conditions for service workers at LAX by marching down and closing Century Blvd (Steve McCrank / Staff Photographer).
Workers, union leaders rally, hope to avoid worker strike.
The situation could lead to more farmers reconsidering the one method of legally bringing foreign workers to their farms: The federal H-2A guest worker program.
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger Several thousand union workers protest at a "Unity Rally" organized by the AFL-CIO in support of Wisconsin public workers in this file photo of Feb 26, 2011.
Growers can rent beds for their workers, including H-2A workers.
Workers with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union stage a walkout at the Hostess Brands bakery on November 15, 2012 in Schiller Park, Illinois.
Chrysler workers began voting Tuesday on a tentative agreement while General Motors workers ratified their deal September 28.
The survey by the National Federation of Independent Business shows that nationwide, the number of workers in small businesses fell by 0.04 workers last month.
Announces the availability of worker platforms that bring the worker to the work.
Postal Worker Admits Theft A former postal worker has admitted he stole cash and lottery tickets from the mail.

In science:

However, workers increasingly are using multiscale methods in which the best resolution is concentrated in only a small fraction of the simulation volume.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
Many workers currently initialize multiscale models following the approach of Katz et al. (1994).
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
In order to address this concern, several workers reformulated the problem in terms of the interface.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
For instance, Bramwell and co-workers argued that the generalised Gumbel distribution with a ≈ 1.5 reasonably describes the large scale fluctuations in many correlated systems .
Generalised extreme value statistics and sum of correlated variables
Since then there has been a lot of action in this field, especially by Matzinger and co-workers.
On random walks in random scenery