• 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