work|ing1 W1S1 [ˈwə:kıŋ US ˈwə:r-] adj [only before noun]
a) having a job that you are paid for
a working mother
Many working women rely on relatives for childcare.
A smaller working population will have to support a growing number of retired people.
b) old-fashioned having a physical or practical job
working man/people/folk
the ordinary working man
2.) working hours/day/week
the time that people spend doing their job
In a normal working day, I see around 6 or 7 clients.
during/outside working hours
Telephone at any time during normal working hours.
Many mothers prefer flexible working hours .
We do a 37-hour working week.
3.) working day
a day of the week when most people work. In Britain and the US this is usually Monday to Friday
= ↑workday
It will be returned within three working days (=three days, not including weekends or public holidays) .
4.) working conditions/environment etc
the situation in which you work, especially the physical things such as pay or safety
improvements in working conditions
5.) working practices/methods
the way in which you do your job
training in up-to-date working practices
6.) working life
the part of your adult life when you have a paid job
He spent all his working life in a factory.
7.) (in) working order
working properly and not broken
be in good/perfect/full etc working order
The car was old, but the engine was still in good working order.
the amount of exercise needed to keep your body in working order
8.) working relationship
the way that people work together
working relationship with/between
They want to establish a better working relationship between medical and nursing staff.
good/close/effective etc working relationship
We have a close working relationship with other voluntary groups.
9.) a working knowledge of sth
enough knowledge of a system, subject, language etc to be able to use it or to do a particular job
A good working knowledge of the Building Regulations is necessary for the job.
10.) working clothes also work clothes
clothes which you wear for work or are designed for people to work in
11.) working model
a model that has parts that move
12.) working parts
the parts of a machine that move
13.) working definition/theory/title
a ↑definition, idea etc that may not be exactly right but is good enough to use when you start working on something
14.) working majority
BrE enough support in parliament for a government to continue making laws and ruling a country
15.) working breakfast/lunch/dinner
a breakfast, lunch etc which is also a business meeting
16.) working memory
technical the part of a person's or computer's memory which stores information about the thing being worked on now
working 2
working2 n
1.) [singular] also workings
the way something such as a system, piece of equipment, or organization works
working of
his knowledge of the inner workings of the department
I shall never understand the workings of his mind (=how he thinks) .
2.) flexible/short-time etc working
a particular way of working, especially relating to the hours which someone works
3.) [C usually plural]
a mine or part of a mine where soil has been dug out in order to remove metals or stone

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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