Pronunciation: (wûr'king),[key] —n. 1. the act of a person or thing that works.
2. operation; action: the involuted workings of his mind. 3. the process of shaping a material: The working of clay is easy when it's damp. 4. the act of manufacturing or building a thing.
5. Usually, workings. a part of a mine, quarry, or the like, in which work is carried on.
6. the process of fermenting, as of yeasts.
7. a slow advance involving exertion.
8. disturbed or twisting motions: The working of his limbs revealed the disease. 9. repeated movement or strain tending to loosen a structural assembly or part.
—adj. 1. that works.
2. doing some form of work or labor, esp. manual, mechanical, or industrial work, as for a living: a working person. 3. operating; producing effects, results, etc.
4. pertaining to, connected with, or used in operating or working.
5. serving to permit or facilitate continued work: a working model; a working majority. 6. adequate for usual or customary needs: a working knowledge of Spanish. 7. large enough for working or being worked: a working sample. 8. done, taken, etc., while conducting or discussing business: a working lunch. 9. Also,work.(of a face or edge, as of a timber or a metal casting) shaped and planed as a reference for further shaping and planing.