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Work done by hand rather than by machine.
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work done by hand rather than by machine
ˈhandˌworked adj
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work done by hand, as distinguished from work done by machine.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English handweorc. See handiwork]
hand′ work`er, n.
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Noun1.handwork - a work produced by hand laborhandwork - a work produced by hand labor  
piece of work, work - 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"
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Every stitch in it was handwork; and the little frills of lace at neck and sleeves were of real Valenciennes.
The musty ancient beds remained in the chambers, and their quilts and curtains and canopies were decorated with curious handwork, and the walls and ceilings frescoed with historical and mythological scenes in glaring colors.
During my study, I realised that males prefer handwork, while females were always afraid and cautious to work with their hands in practical sessions, as the lathe machine needs some physical strength.
A statement issued after the match by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), said the President recognised the handwork, team spirit and sportsmanship the boys have exhibited in the tournament, which are good signs for a team destined to excel.
Casual chic and kaftan (simple, medium and heavy handwork style) for all tastes.
"After Quaid-e-Azam we have a leader who is sincere, honest, dedicated and handwork. No one can point out Imran Khan that he is involved in corruption", he added.
'Nothing is impossible if you go all out and do the handwork,' said Rondina.
As many as 151 students of the foundation year had transformed the area into a beautiful and rustic outdoor studio using their own handwork. Asim Kazmi, the chief organizer said that the conviction of students on their teachers was necessary, it is theirs collaboration and hard work because of which we have met the success.
As many as 151 students of the foundation year had transformed the area into a beautiful and rustic outdoor studio using their own handwork. The Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, KU, Professor Dr.
Their beautiful handwork embroideries and jewelery are being displayed at different exhibitions which promote culture as well as its benefits to them.
It cuts cycle times and reduces handwork in complex dies and molds.
'Unfortunately, we are building up a convention which upholds dishonesty and greediness, and derides truth, diligence and handwork. This is conventional wisdom, it changes our value system and corrupts our world view,' he noted.