work (

     n 1: activity directed toward making or doing something; "she
          checked several points needing further work"
     2: a product produced or accomplished through the effort or
        activity or agency of a person or thing: "it is not
        regarded as one of his more memorable works"; "the
        symphony was hailed as an ingenious work"; "he was
        indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey"; "the work
        of an active imagination"; "erosion is the work of wind or
        water over time" [syn: piece of work]
     3: the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for
        employment"; "a lot of people are out of work" [syn: employment]
     4: applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject
        (especially by reading); "mastering a second language
        requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study
        in interior design" [syn: study]
     5: the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial
        part of it); "he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre";
        "Picasso's work can be divided into periods" [syn: oeuvre,
         body of work]
     6: a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
        [syn: workplace]
     7: (physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy
        from one physical system to another expressed as the
        product of a force and the distance through which it moves
        a body in the direction of that force; "work equals force
        times distance"
     v 1: exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose
          or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my
          grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions
          for the poor" [ant: idle]
     2: be employed; "Is your husband working again?" "My wife never
        worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?" "She
        never did any work because she inherited a lot of money";
        "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"
        [syn: do work]
     3: have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or
        expected; "The voting process doesn't work as well as
        people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?";
        "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act
        quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a
        lot of water" [syn: act]
     4: perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won't
        go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run
        well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore" [syn: function,
         operate, go, run] [ant: malfunction]
     5: shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools";
        "process iron"; "work the metal" [syn: work on, process]
     6: give a work-out to: "Some parents exercise their infants";
        "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles"
        [syn: exercise, work out]
     7: proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd";
        "make one's way into the forest" [syn: make]
     8: operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "She works
        the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This
        artist works mostly in acrylics"
     9: proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an
        activity; "work your way through every problem or task";
        "She was working on her second martini when the guests
        arrived"; "Start from the bottom and work towards the top"
     10: move in ran agitated manner;  "His fingers worked with
     11: cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; "I cannot work
         a miracle" "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a
         joke"; "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken
         area" [syn: bring, play, wreak, make for]
     12: cause to work; "he is working his servants hard" [syn: {put
         to work}]
     13: prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"
         [syn: cultivate, crop]
     14: behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not
         work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
     15: have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work
         influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends
         to support the political candidate" [syn: influence, {act
     16: operate in or through; "Work the phones"
     17: cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the
         controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
     18: provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of
         young girls into a frenzy"
     19: gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the
         political candidate worked the crowds"
     20: make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded
         the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the
         dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"
         [syn: shape, form, mold, mould, forge]
     21: move into or onto; "work the raisins into the dough"; "the
         student worked a few jokes into his presentation"; "work
         the body onto the flatbed truck"
     22: make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is
         soft" [syn: knead]
     23: use to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation
         system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works
         his parents for sympathy" [syn: exploit]
     24: find the solution to (a problem or question):"did you solve
         the problem?"; understand the meaning of; "did you get
         it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the
         math problem" [syn: solve, work out, figure out, {puzzle
         out}, lick]
     25: cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a
         very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The
         vintner worked the wine in big oak vats" [syn: ferment]
     26: go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked";
         "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out" [syn: sour,
          turn, ferment]
     27: arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The
         stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt
         many times"