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work′ing or`der


n.
the condition of a mechanism, system, etc., when functioning properly.
[1835–45]
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And in the end, when the bath-tub and the stationary tubs were installed and in working order, he could scarcely tear himself away from the contemplation of what his hands had wrought.
While this was being done Tip mended the wooden limbs of Jack Pumpkinhead and made them stronger than before, and the Saw-Horse was also inspected to see if he was in good working order.
"Perhaps your imagination will be in better working order by the morning," said Marilla, rising to depart.
The Tin Woodman lay down on his bed from force of habit, for he remembered when he was made of flesh; but not being able to sleep, he passed the night moving his joints up and down to make sure they kept in good working order. The Lion would have preferred a bed of dried leaves in the forest, and did not like being shut up in a room; but he had too much sense to let this worry him, so he sprang upon the bed and rolled himself up like a cat and purred himself asleep in a minute.
There were no Germans below, and everything was intact and in ship-shape working order. I then ordered all hands below except one man who was to act as lookout.
He had heard no summons from his fare, even though a tube, which was in perfect working order, was fixed close to the back of his head.