What is Work?

Work definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.
productive or operative activity.

employment, as in some form of industry, especially as a means of earning one’s livelihood: to look for work.
one’s place of employment: Don’t phone him at work.
something on which exertion or labor is expended; a task or undertaking: The students finished their work in class.
materials, things, etc., on which one is working or is to work.
the result of exertion, labor, or activity; a deed or performance.
a product of exertion, labor, or activity: musical works.
Often works. an engineering structure, as a building or bridge.
a building, wall, trench, or the like, constructed or made as a means of fortification.
works, (used with a singular or plural verb)a place or establishment for manufacturing (often used in combination): ironworks.the working parts of a machine: the works of a watch.Theology.righteous deeds.

Physics. force times the distance through which it acts; specifically, the transference of energy equal to the product of the component of a force that acts in the direction of the motion of the point of application of the force and the distance through which the point of application moves.
the works, Informal. everything; all related items or matters: a hamburger with the works.harsh or cruel treatment: to give someone the works.

of, for, or concerning work: work clothes.
shaped and planed; working.

verb (used without object), worked or (Archaic) wrought; working.
to do work; labor.
to be employed, especially as a means of earning one’s livelihood: He hasn’t worked for six weeks.

to be in operation, as a machine: The water should not be disconnected while the pump is working.
to act or operate effectively: We all agree that this plan works.
to attain a specified condition, as by repeated movement: The nails worked loose.
to have an effect or influence, as on a person or on the mind or feelings of a person.
to move in agitation, as the features under strong emotion.
to make way with effort or under stress: The ship works to windward.
Nautical. to give slightly at the joints, as a vessel under strain at sea.
Machinery. to move improperly, as from defective fitting of parts or from wear.
to undergo treatment by labor in a given way: This dough works slowly.
to ferment, as a liquid.