Meaning of WORKING in English


/werr"king/ , n.

1. the act of a person or thing that works.

2. operation; action: the involuted workings of his mind.

3. the process of shaping a material: The working of clay is easy when it's damp.

4. the act of manufacturing or building a thing.

5. Usually, workings . a part of a mine, quarry, or the like, in which work is carried on.

6. the process of fermenting, as of yeasts.

7. a slow advance involving exertion.

8. disturbed or twisting motions: The working of his limbs revealed the disease.

9. repeated movement or strain tending to loosen a structural assembly or part.


10. that works.

11. doing some form of work or labor, esp. manual, mechanical, or industrial work, as for a living: a working person.

12. operating; producing effects, results, etc.

13. pertaining to, connected with, or used in operating or working.

14. serving to permit or facilitate continued work: a working model; a working majority.

15. adequate for usual or customary needs: a working knowledge of Spanish.

16. large enough for working or being worked: a working sample.

17. done, taken, etc., while conducting or discussing business: a working lunch.

18. Also, work . (of a face or edge, as of a timber or a metal casting) shaped and planed as a reference for further shaping and planing.

[ 1250-1300; ME werking. See WORK, -ING 1 , -ING 2 ]

Syn. 15. usable, practical, operative, functioning.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .