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 ?
From this bird's-eye view he realized the monstrous confusion of their excited workings.
It is natural for a man who does not understand the workings of a machine to imagine that a shaving that has fallen into it by chance and is interfering with its action and tossing about in it is its most important part.
I was telling Evans one night, I remember, of some wonderful workings I had found whilst hunting koodoo and eland in what is now the Lydenburg district of the Transvaal.
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.
He was beginning to perceive something of the intricate and unfathomable workings of the feminine mind.
Pardon the menial office in which I am engaged, sir, and extend your sympathies to one, who, humble as his appearance is, has inn'ard workings far above his station.
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.
A thousand pounds of dynamite, in sealed canisters, was placed about some workings.
What could more plainly speak the gloomy workings of a mind not wholly dead to every sense of humanity, in its fearful review of past scenes of guilt?
He was surprised at himself because he ceased to believe so easily, and, not knowing that he felt as he did on account of the subtle workings of his inmost nature, he ascribed the certainty he had reached to his own cleverness.
Tarzan knew how strange were the workings of the brains of the mighty carnivora of the jungle--how fiendishly fearless they might be in the face of certain death, and again how timid upon the slightest provocation.