- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɜːkɪŋ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɝkɪŋ/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)kɪŋ
- Hyphenation: work‧ing
From Middle English werking, werkynge, warkynge, worchinge, from Old English wyrċung (“working, work”), verbal noun of wyrċan (“to work”), equivalent to work + -ing. Cognate with Scots wirking, warking, Dutch werking, German Wirkung.
- (usually in the plural) Operation; action.
- Method of operation.
- (arithmetic) The incidental or subsidiary calculations performed in solving an overall problem.
- Be sure to check your working.
- (of bodies of water) Becoming full of a vegetable substance.
- A place where work is carried on.
- the abandoned mine workings
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From Middle English workyng, wirkynge, worchinge, werchinge, workinde, wirkand, worchende, wurchende, from Old English wyrċende, from Proto-Germanic *wurkijandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *wurkijaną (“to work”), equivalent to work + -ing. Compare Scots wirkand, werkand, warkand (“working”), Dutch werkend (“working, acting”), German wirkend (“acting, working”).
working (not comparable)
- That is or are functioning.
- a working ventilator
- That suffices but requires additional work.
- a working copy of the script
- In paid employment.
- working mothers
- Of or relating to employment.
- the working week
- Enough to allow one to use something.
- a working knowledge of computers
- Used in real life; practical.
- The working minimum focus distance is the distance from the closest focusable subject to the lens.
- (functioning):: functioning; up (mainly used of computers):
- (that suffices but requires further work):: draft, provisional, temporary
- (in paid employment):: employed, in employment
- (of or relating to employment):: work
- (enough to allow one to use something):: basic
- working in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.