To work into

Work Work (w[^u]rk), v. t. 1. To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor. [1913 Webster]

He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why they forbare to work them at that time. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

2. To produce or form by labor; to bring forth by exertion or toil; to accomplish; to originate; to effect; as, to work wood or iron into a form desired, or into a utensil; to work cotton or wool into cloth. [1913 Webster]

Each herb he knew, that works or good or ill. --Harte. [1913 Webster]

3. To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion. ``Sidelong he works his way.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stains Of rushing torrents and descending rains, Works itself clear, and as it runs, refines, Till by degrees the floating mirror shines. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead. ``Work your royal father to his ruin.'' --Philips. [1913 Webster]

5. To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin. [1913 Webster]

6. To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine. [1913 Webster]

Knowledge in building and working ships. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

Now, Marcus, thy virtue's the proof; Put forth thy utmost strength, work every nerve. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The mariners all 'gan work the ropes, Where they were wont to do. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

7. To cause to ferment, as liquor. [1913 Webster]

{To work a passage} (Naut.), to pay for a passage by doing work.

{To work double tides} (Naut.), to perform the labor of three days in two; -- a phrase which alludes to a practice of working by the night tide as well as by the day.

{To work in}, to insert, introduce, mingle, or interweave by labor or skill.

{To work into}, to force, urge, or insinuate into; as, to work one's self into favor or confidence.

{To work off}, to remove gradually, as by labor, or a gradual process; as, beer works off impurities in fermenting.

{To work out}. (a) To effect by labor and exertion. ``Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.'' --Phil. ii. 12. (b) To erase; to efface. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Tears of joy for your returning spilt, Work out and expiate our former guilt. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] (c) To solve, as a problem. (d) To exhaust, as a mine, by working.

{To work up}. (a) To raise; to excite; to stir up; as, to work up the passions to rage. [1913 Webster]

The sun, that rolls his chariot o'er their heads, Works up more fire and color in their cheeks. --Addison. [1913 Webster] (b) To expend in any work, as materials; as, they have worked up all the stock. (c) (Naut.) To make over or into something else, as yarns drawn from old rigging, made into spun yarn, foxes, sennit, and the like; also, to keep constantly at work upon needless matters, as a crew in order to punish them. --R. H. Dana, Jr. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • work into a passion — index incense, provoke Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • work into — phrasal : to force, urge, or insinuate into worked his foot into the boot work new courses into the curriculum * * * work into [phrasal verb] 1 work (something …   Useful english dictionary

  • work into — phrasal verb work in or work into [transitive] Word forms work in : present tense I/you/we/they work in he/she/it works in present participle working in past tense worked in past participle worked in 1) to add one thing or idea to another, or… …   English dictionary

  • work into — phr verb Work into is used with these nouns as the object: ↑frenzy …   Collocations dictionary

  • work into the ground — drive/run/work (yourself) into the ground to work so hard that you become very tired or ill. He ll run himself into the ground if he doesn t take some time off …   New idioms dictionary

  • work into — force into little by little He was able to work his foot into his boot but it was still very tight …   Idioms and examples

  • work into — {v.} 1. Force into little by little. * /John worked his foot into the boot by pushing and pulling./ 2. Put into; mix into. * /Mary worked some blue into the rug she was weaving./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • work into — {v.} 1. Force into little by little. * /John worked his foot into the boot by pushing and pulling./ 2. Put into; mix into. * /Mary worked some blue into the rug she was weaving./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • work\ into — v 1. Force into little by little. John worked his foot into the boot by pushing and pulling. 2. Put into; mix into. Mary worked some blue into the rug she was weaving …   Словарь американских идиом

  • work into — see work in …   English dictionary

  • work into — insert slowly …   English contemporary dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.