workings


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work·ing

 (wûr′kĭng)
adj.
1.
a. Performing work: a working committee.
b. Operating or functioning as required: a working flashlight.
2. Having a paying job; employed: working mothers.
3.
a. Spent at work: a working life of 40 years.
b. Taken while continuing to work: a working vacation.
4.
a. Sufficient to allow action: a working majority.
b. Adequate for practical use: a working knowledge of Spanish.
5. Serving as a basis or guide for further work: a working hypothesis.
n. often workings
1. The manner in which something operates or functions: the workings of the mind.
2. The parts of a mine or quarry that have been or are being excavated.

workings

(ˈwɜːkɪŋz)
pl n
1. functioning: the workings of government.
2. (Mining & Quarrying) a part of a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.workings - the internal mechanism of a device
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
2.workings - a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked
excavation - a hole in the ground made by excavating
Translations

workings

[ˈwɜːkɪŋz] npl
a. (way sth works) → funzionamento msg
the workings of his mind → i meccanismi della sua mente
b. (of quarry) → scavi mpl
References in classic literature ?
The eyes of the old man were closed, as though the organs were wearied with having so long witnessed the selfish workings of the human passions.
Having "nothing of the bear about him but the skin," and being gifted by nature with a great, honest, just heart, quite equal to his gigantic frame, he had been for some years witnessing with repressed uneasiness the workings of a system equally bad for oppressor and oppressed.
One unexpected sentence came from her lips after another, till I got involved in a web of mystification; and wondered what unseen spirit had been sitting for weeks by my heart watching its workings and taking record of every pulse.
It was dense enough to shut out everything from the light of the coach-lamps but these its own workings, and a few yards of road; and the reek of the labouring horses steamed into it, as if they had made it all.
Those who remarked in the physiognomy of the Prince a dissolute audacity, mingled with extreme haughtiness and indifference to, the feelings of others could not yet deny to his countenance that sort of comeliness which belongs to an open set of features, well formed by nature, modelled by art to the usual rules of courtesy, yet so far frank and honest, that they seemed as if they disclaimed to conceal the natural workings of the soul.
What there was in it of the purely sensuous instinct of boyhood had been transformed by the workings of the imagination, changed into something that seemed to the lad himself to be remote from sense, and was for that very reason all the more dangerous.
After a night of grave cogitation he repaired to Kowsoter, the Pierced-nose chief, and unfolded to him the secret workings of his bosom.
Shipmasters hanging on a breath before the thrones of the winds ruling the seas have their psychology, whose workings are as important to the ship and those on board of her as the changing moods of the weather.
If there be mystery in its workings, it is the mystery of a Divinity.
He gave this opinion as the result of the conversation to his father; and recommended there being nothing more said to her: no farther attempts to influence or persuade; but that everything should be left to Crawford's assiduities, and the natural workings of her own mind.
But thou didst put a spell on the Mahratta with prideful workings - I watched thee - and with sidelong glances to bewilder an old old man and a foolish farmer: whence calamity and suspicion.
A thousand pounds of dynamite, in sealed canisters, was placed about some workings.