1. exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.
  2. productive or operative activity.
  3. employment, as in some form of industry, especially as a means of earning one’s livelihood: to look for work.
  4. one’s place of employment: Don’t phone him at work.
  5. something on which exertion or labor is expended; a task or undertaking: The students finished their work in class.
  6. materials, things, etc., on which one is working or is to work.
  7. the result of exertion, labor, or activity; a deed or performance.
  8. a product of exertion, labor, or activity: musical works.
  9. Often works. an engineering structure, as a building or bridge.
  10. a building, wall, trench, or the like, constructed or made as a means of fortification.
  11. works,
    1. (used with a singular or plural verb)a place or establishment for manufacturing (often used in combination): ironworks.
    2. the working parts of a machine: the works of a watch.
    3. Theology.righteous deeds.
  12. Physics. force times the distance through which it acts; specifically, the transference of energy equal to the product of the component of a force that acts in the direction of the motion of the point of application of the force and the distance through which the point of application moves.
  13. the works, Informal.
    1. everything; all related items or matters: a hamburger with the works.
    2. harsh or cruel treatment: to give someone the works.

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