To work at
Work Work (w[^u]rk), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Worked} (w[^u]rkt), or {Wrought} (r[add]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Working}.] [AS. wyrcean (imp. worthe, wrohte, p. p. geworht, gewroht); akin to OFries. werka, wirka, OS. wirkian, D. werken, G. wirken, Icel. verka, yrkja, orka, Goth. wa['u]rkjan. [root]145. See {Work}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like. [1913 Webster]

O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work, To match thy goodness? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you. --Ex. v. 18. [1913 Webster]

Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake, Our life doth pass. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well. [1913 Webster]

We bend to that the working of the heart. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce. [1913 Webster]

We know that all things work together for good to them that love God. --Rom. viii. 28. [1913 Webster]

This so wrought upon the child, that afterwards he desired to be taught. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

She marveled how she could ever have been wrought upon to marry him. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

4. To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil. [1913 Webster]

They that work in fine flax . . . shall be confounded. --Isa. xix. 9. [1913 Webster]

5. To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea. [1913 Webster]

Confused with working sands and rolling waves. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

6. To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; -- with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth. [1913 Webster]

Till body up to spirit work, in bounds Proportioned to each kind. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

7. To ferment, as a liquid. [1913 Webster]

The working of beer when the barm is put in. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

8. To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic. [1913 Webster]

Purges . . . work best, that is, cause the blood so to do, . . . in warm weather or in a warm room. --Grew. [1913 Webster]

{To work at}, to be engaged in or upon; to be employed in.

{To work to windward} (Naut.), to sail or ply against the wind; to tack to windward. --Mar. Dict. [1913 Webster]


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  • To work at arm's length — Arm Arm, n. [AS. arm, earm; akin to OHG. aram, G., D., Dan., & Sw. arm, Icel. armr, Goth. arms, L. armus arm, shoulder, and prob. to Gr. ? joining, joint, shoulder, fr. the root ? to join, to fit together; cf. Slav. rame. ?. See {Art},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To strike at — Strike Strike, v. i. To move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to strike into the fields. [1913 Webster] A mouse . . . struck forth sternly [bodily]. Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To work to windward — Work Work (w[^u]rk), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Worked} (w[^u]rkt), or {Wrought} (r[add]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Working}.] [AS. wyrcean (imp. worthe, wrohte, p. p. geworht, gewroht); akin to OFries. werka, wirka, OS. wirkian, D. werken, G. wirken, Icel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • To keep at arm's length — Arm Arm, n. [AS. arm, earm; akin to OHG. aram, G., D., Dan., & Sw. arm, Icel. armr, Goth. arms, L. armus arm, shoulder, and prob. to Gr. ? joining, joint, shoulder, fr. the root ? to join, to fit together; cf. Slav. rame. ?. See {Art},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To work a passage — Work Work (w[^u]rk), v. t. 1. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor. [1913 Webster] He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To work double tides — Work Work (w[^u]rk), v. t. 1. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor. [1913 Webster] He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To work in — Work Work (w[^u]rk), v. t. 1. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor. [1913 Webster] He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To work into — Work Work (w[^u]rk), v. t. 1. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor. [1913 Webster] He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To work off — Work Work (w[^u]rk), v. t. 1. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor. [1913 Webster] He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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