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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /wɜːks/
- (General American) IPA(key): /wɝks/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)ks
- plural of in its countable senses
works (plural works)
- A factory or factories, or similar collection(s) of buildings.
- The steel works almost fills the valley.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XXII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
- In the autumn there was a row at some cement works about the unskilled labour men. A union had just been started for them and all but a few joined. One of these blacklegs was laid for by a picket and knocked out of time.
works pl (plural only)
- A mechanism or machine; the means by which something happens.
- A stray wrench can really gum up the works.
- (with "the") Everything or everything that is available or possible; especially, all available toppings on food.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:everything
- I'll have a Behemoth Burger with the works.
- 1974, Brian Eno (lyrics and music), “Dead Finks Don't Talk”, in Here Come the Warm Jets:
- My my they wanted the works, can you this and that / I never got a letter back
- (with "the") Drastic treatment; abuse; the axe (dismissal).
- (slang) A drug addict's equipment: syringe, needle, etc.
Terms derived from works
plural form of work (in its countable senses)
a mechanism or machine; the means by which something happens
everything or everything that is available or possible; especially, all available toppings on food
- Third-person singular simple present indicative form of work