from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Performing work: a working committee.
  • adj. Operating or functioning as required: a working flashlight.
  • adj. Having a paying job; employed: working mothers.
  • adj. Spent at work: a working life of 40 years.
  • adj. Taken while continuing to work: a working vacation.
  • adj. Sufficient to allow action: a working majority.
  • adj. Adequate for practical use: a working knowledge of Spanish.
  • adj. Serving as a basis or guide for further work: a working hypothesis.
  • n. The manner in which something operates or functions. Often used in the plural: the workings of the mind.
  • n. The parts of a mine or quarry that have been or are being excavated. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of work.
  • n. Operation; action.
  • n. Method of operation.
  • n. Fermentation.
  • n. To become full of a vegetable substance.
  • adj. That is or are functioning.
  • adj. That suffices but requires additional work.
  • adj. In paid employment.
  • adj. Of or relating to employment.
  • adj. Enough to allow one to use something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a & n. from work.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Active; busy.
  • Engaged in physical toil or manual labor as a means of livelihood; laboring: as, working people. Compare working-man.
  • Connected with the carrying on of some undertaking or business: as, working expenses.
  • n. In forestry, the harvesting of the final yield under a working plan.
  • n. Nautical, the condition of moving slightly or changing form under the strain of rolling: said of a vessel or any of its structural parts. See work, v. i., 9.
  • n. Action; operation: as, the workings of fancy.
  • n. Method of operation; doing.
  • n. Fermentation: as, the working of yeast.
  • n. plural The parts of a mine, quarry, or openwork in which, or near which, mining or quarrying is actually being carried on.
  • n. The process which goes on in water when it blossoms. See work, v. i., 8.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. adequate for practical use; especially sufficient in strength or numbers to accomplish something
  • adj. adopted as a temporary basis for further work
  • adj. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
  • adj. actively engaged in paid work
  • adj. serving to permit or facilitate further work or activity
  • n. a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked


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  • “But, ” he added, his voice trembling with indignation, “while I have been contriving and working that my father may have some peace of mind before he dies, —working for the respectability of our family, —you have done all you can to destroy both.

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