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1 buildings for carrying on industrial labor; "they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles" [syn: plant, industrial plant]
2 everything available; usually preceded by `the'; "we saw the whole shebang"; "a hotdog with the works"; "we took on the whole caboodle"; "for $10 you get the full treatment" [syn: whole shebang, whole kit and caboodle, kit and caboodle, whole kit and boodle, kit and boodle, whole kit, whole caboodle, whole works, full treatment]
3 performance of moral or religious acts; "salvation by deeds"; "the reward for good works" [syn: deeds]
4 the internal mechanism of a device [syn: workings]

Moby Thesaurus

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  1. Plural of work
  2. A mechanism or machine; the means by which something happens.
    A stray wrench can really gum up the works.
  3. Everything or everything that is available or possible; especially, all available toppings on food.
    I'll have a Behemoth Burger with the works.
  4. An act associated with moral or religious standing.
    His works displayed his righteousness.


Plural form of work
A mechanism or machine; the means by which something happens
Everything or everything that is available or possible; especially, all available toppings on food
An act associated with moral or religious standing


  1. third-person singular of work
Works may refer to:

See also

  • Work (further disambiguation)
  • The Works (further disambiguation)
works in German: Works
works in French: Works
works in Japanese: ワークス
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