Outwork
Outwork Out"work`, n. (Fort.) A minor defense constructed beyond the main body of a work, as a ravelin, lunette, hornwork, etc. --Wilhelm. [1913 Webster]

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  • outwork — out‧work [ˈaʊtwɜːk ǁ wɜːrk] noun [uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES work which is done for a business by people working at home: • Workers engaged in domestic outwork or subcontracting will secure none of the benefits. outworker noun [countable] * * * …   Financial and business terms

  • Outwork — Out*work , v. t. To exceed in working; to work more or faster than. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • outwork — outwork, outworking These terms refer to the employment of individual workers by firms outside the firm workplace usually in workers own homes. The employer supplies materials (and possibly machinery) and workers are paid on a piece rate basis.… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • outwork — [out′wʉrk΄; ] for v. [ out΄wʉrk′] n. Mil. a lesser trench or fortification built out beyond the main defenses vt. outworked, outworking 1. to work better, faster, or harder than 2. to work out to completion …   English World dictionary

  • Outwork — An outwork is a minor defense, fortification, built or established outside the principal fortification limits, detached or semidetached. Outworks were developed in the 16th century, such as ravelins, lunettes (demilunes), caponiers to shield… …   Wikipedia

  • outwork — UK [ˈaʊtˌwɜː(r)k] / US [ˈaʊtˌwɜrk] noun [uncountable] Word forms outwork : singular outwork plural outworks business work done for a company by someone in their own home Derived word: outworker noun countable Word forms outworker : singular… …   English dictionary

  • outwork — I. transitive verb Date: 13th century 1. work out, complete 2. to work harder, faster, or better than II. noun Date: circa 1615 a minor defensive position constructed outside a fortified area …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • outwork — outworker, n. v. /owt werrk /; n. /owt werrk /, v.t., outworked or outwrought, outworking, n. v.t. 1. to work harder, better, or faster than. 2. to work out or carry on to a conclusion; finish: a problem to be outworked in after generations. 3.… …   Universalium

  • outwork — 1. verb a) To work out to a finish; to complete. For now three dayes of men were full outwrought, / Since he this hardie enterprize began [...]. b) To work faster or harder than. 2 …   Wiktionary

  • outwork — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. work harder than, work better than, outperform, improve upon; see defeat 1 , work 1 …   English dictionary for students

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