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Old English, "(someone's) deeds, acts, or actions, the things one has done in life," often especially "good deeds, acts of piety, demonstrations of virtue," plural of work (n.). Meaning "operations pertinent to maintaining a large physical place" (private, religious, or municipal) is from late 14c. Meaning "industrial place" (usually with qualifying adjective) is from late 15c. To be in the works in the extended sense of "in the process of being done or made" is by 1973.


n. 1 (plural of work English). 2 (context plurale tantum English) A mechanism or machine; the means by which something happens. 3 (context plurale tantum English) A factory or factories, or similar collection(s) of buildings. vb. (en-third-person singular of: work)

  1. n. buildings for carrying on industrial labor; "they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles" [syn: plant, industrial plant]

  2. everything available; usually preceded by `the'; "we saw the whole shebang"; "a hotdog with the works"; "we took on the whole caboodle"; "for $10 you get the full treatment" [syn: whole shebang, whole kit and caboodle, kit and caboodle, whole kit and boodle, kit and boodle, whole kit, whole caboodle, whole works, full treatment]

  3. performance of moral or religious acts; "salvation by deeds"; "the reward for good works" [syn: deeds]

  4. the internal mechanism of a device [syn: workings]

Works (Pink Floyd album)

Works is a Pink Floyd compilation album released in 1983. It features a variety of material, such as (among others) the band's early singles, " Arnold Layne" and " See Emily Play", alternative mixes of tracks from The Dark Side of the Moon, and the previously unreleased track, " Embryo".


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Usage examples of "works".

The job of my task force is to establish Abraxas and his good works all over the world.

Not only was it exceptionally lofty, and on one flank of that series of bluffs which has before been mentioned as constituting the line upon which the Confederate grip of the stream was based, but the tortuous character of the channel gave particular facilities for an enfilading fire on vessels both before and after they came abreast the works.

To support these and concentrate from the earliest moment as effective a fire as possible upon the works, Farragut brought his ironclads inside of the wooden vessels, and abreast the four leaders of that column.

Roman court, and gave his abridgment the name of Breviary, which thus came to denote a work which from another point of view might be called a Plenary, involving as it did the collection of several works into one.