Meaning of WORKING in English


I. adjective

Etymology: from gerund of work (III)

1. : adequate to permit work to be done : sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish results

the party has a working majority in the senate

working knowledge of at least one other modern language — B.B.Thomas

2. : assumed or adopted to permit or facilitate further work or activity

a working draft of a peace treaty was submitted for discussion

necessity for working agreements with her neighboring states on interstate construction projects — American Guide Series: New Jersey

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: from gerund of work (III)

: an excavation or group of excavations made in mining, quarrying, or tunneling — used chiefly in plural

the workings extended for miles underground

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.