Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Workmanly adjective Becoming a skillful workman; skillful; well performed; workmanlike.

Workmanly adverb In a skillful manner; in a manner becoming a skillful workman. Shak.

Workmanship noun
1. The art or skill of a workman; the execution or manner of making anything.

Due reward
For her praiseworthy workmanship to yield.
Spenser.

Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown . . .
Where most may wonder at the workmanship .
Milton.

2. That which is effected, made, or produced; manufacture, something made by manual labor.

Not any skilled in workmanship embossed.
Spenser.

By how much Adam exceeded all men in perfection, by being the immediate workmanship of God.
Sir W. Raleigh.

Workmaster noun The performer of any work; a master workman. [ R.] Spenser.

Workmen's compensation act (Law) A statute fixing the compensation that a workman may recover from an employer in case of accident, esp. the British act of 6 Edw. VII. c. 58 (1906) giving to a workman, except in certain cases of "serious and willful misconduct," a right against his employer to a certain compensation on the mere occurrence of an accident where the common law gives the right only for negligence of the employer.

Workroom noun Any room or apartment used especially for labor.

Workship noun Workmanship. [ R.]

Workshop noun A shop where any manufacture or handiwork is carried on.

Worktable noun A table for holding working materials and implements; esp., a small table with drawers and other conveniences for needlework, etc.

Workways, Workwise adverb In a working position or manner; as, a T rail placed workwise , i.e., resting on its base.

Workwoman noun ; plural Workwomen noun A woman who performs any work; especially, a woman skilled in needlework.

Workyday noun [ See Workday , Workingday .] A week day or working day, as distinguished from Sunday or a holiday. Also used adjectively. [ Written also workiday , and workaday .] [ Obsolete or Colloq.]

Prithee, tell her but a workyday fortune.
Shak.

World noun [ Middle English world , werld , weorld , weoreld , Anglo-Saxon weorold , worold ; akin to Old Saxon werold , Dutch wereld , Old High German weralt , worolt , werolt , werlt , German welt , Icelandic veröld , Swedish verld , Danish verden ; properly, the age of man, lifetime, humanity; Anglo-Saxon wer a man + a word akin to English old ; confer Anglo-Saxon yld lifetime, age, ylde men, humanity. Confer Werewolf , Old .]


1. The earth and the surrounding heavens; the creation; the system of created things; existent creation; the universe.

The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen.
Rom. 1. 20.

With desire to know,
What nearer might concern him, how this world
Of heaven and earth conspicuous first began.
Milton.

2. Any planet or heavenly body, especially when considered as inhabited, and as the scene of interests analogous with human interests; as, a plurality of worlds . "Lord of the worlds above." I. Watts.

Amongst innumerable stars, that shone
Star distant, but high-hand seemed other worlds .
Milton.

There may be other worlds , where the inhabitants have never violated their allegiance to their almighty Sovereign.
W. B. Sprague.

3. The earth and its inhabitants, with their concerns; the sum of human affairs and interests.

That forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world , and all our woe.
Milton.

4. In a more restricted sense, that part of the earth and its concerns which is known to any one, or contemplated by any one; a division of the globe, or of its inhabitants; human affairs as seen from a certain position, or from a given point of view; also, state of existence; scene of life and action; as, the Old World ; the New World ; the religious world ; the Catholic world ; the upper world ; the future world ; the heathen world .

One of the greatest in the Christian world
Shall be my surety.
Shak.

Murmuring that now they must be put to make war beyond the world's end -- for so they counted Britain.
Milton.

5. The customs, practices, and interests of men; general affairs of life; human society; public affairs and occupations; as, a knowledge of the world .

Happy is she that from the world retires.
Waller.

If knowledge of the world makes man perfidious,
May Juba ever live in ignorance.
Addison.

6. Individual experience of, or concern with, life; course of life; sum of the affairs which affect the individual; as, to begin the world with no property; to lose all, and begin the world anew.

7. The inhabitants of the earth; the human race; people in general; the public; mankind.

Since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it.
Shak.

Tell me, wench, how will the world repute me
For undertaking so unstaid a journey?
Shak.

8. The earth and its affairs as distinguished from heaven; concerns of this life as distinguished from those of the life to come; the present existence and its interests; hence, secular affairs; engrossment or absorption in the affairs of this life; worldly corruption; the ungodly or wicked part of mankind.

I pray not for the world , but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
John xvii. 9.

Love not the world , neither the things that are in the world . If any man love the world , the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world , the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world .
1 John ii. 15, 16.

9. As an emblem of immensity, a great multitude or quantity; a large number. "A world of men." Chapman. "A world of blossoms for the bee." Bryant.

Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company.
Shak.

A world of woes dispatched in little space.
Dryden.

All . . . in the world , all that exists; all that is possible; as, all the precaution in the world would not save him. -- A world to see , a wonder to see; something admirable or surprising to see. [ Obsolete]

O, you are novices; 't is a world to see
How tame, when men and women are alone,
A meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew.
Shak.

-- For all the world . (a) Precisely; exactly. (b) For any consideration. -- Seven wonders of the world . See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction. -- To go to the world , to be married. [ Obsolete] "Thus goes every one to the world but I . . . ; I may sit in a corner and cry heighho for a husband!" Shak. -- World's end , the end, or most distant part, of the world; the remotest regions. -- World without end , eternally; forever; everlastingly; as if in a state of existence having no end.

Throughout all ages, world without end .
Eph. iii. 21.

World-wide adjective Extended throughout the world; as, world-wide fame. Tennyson.

Worldliness noun The quality of being worldly; a predominant passion for obtaining the good things of this life; covetousness; addictedness to gain and temporal enjoyments; worldly- mindedness.

Worldling [ World + -ling .] A person whose soul is set upon gaining temporal possessions; one devoted to this world and its enjoyments.

A foutre for the world and worldlings base.
Shak.

If we consider the expectations of futurity, the worldling gives up the argument.
Rogers.

And worldlings blot the temple's gold.
Keble.

Worldly adjective [ Anglo-Saxon woroldlic .]


1. Relating to the world; human; common; as, worldly maxims; worldly actions. "I thus neglecting worldly ends." Shak.

Many years it hath continued, standing by no other worldly mean but that one only hand which erected it.
Hooker.

2. Pertaining to this world or life, in contradistinction from the life to come; secular; temporal; devoted to this life and its enjoyments; bent on gain; as, worldly pleasures, affections, honor, lusts, men.

With his soul fled all my worldly solace.
Shak.

3. Lay, as opposed to clerical . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Worldly adverb With relation to this life; in a worldly manner.

Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise
By simply meek.
Milton.

Worldly-minded adjective Devoted to worldly interests; mindful of the affairs of the present life, and forgetful of those of the future; loving and pursuing this world's goods, to the exclusion of piety and attention to spiritual concerns. -- World"ly*mind`ed*ness , noun

Worldly-wise adjective Wise in regard to things of this world. Bunyan.

Worm (wûrm) noun [ Middle English worm , wurm , Anglo-Saxon wyrm ; akin to Dutch worm , Old Saxon & German wurm , Icelandic ormr , Swedish & Danish orm , Goth. waúrms , Latin vermis , Greek ... a wood worm. Confer Vermicelli , Vermilion , Vermin .]


1. A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like. [ Archaic]

There came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his hand. When the men of the country saw the worm hang on his hand, they said, This man must needs be a murderer.
Tyndale (Acts xxviii. 3, 4).

'T is slander,
Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue
Outvenoms all the worms of Nile.
Shak.

When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm ,
His mouth he opened and displayed his tusks.
Longfellow.

2. Any small creeping animal or reptile, either entirely without feet, or with very short ones, including a great variety of animals; as, an earth worm ; the blind worm . Specifically: (Zoology) (a) Any helminth; an entozoön. (b) Any annelid. (c) An insect larva. (d) plural Same as Vermes .

3. An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse.

The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!
Shak.

4. A being debased and despised.

I am a worm , and no man.
Ps. xxii. 6.

5. Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm ; as: (a) The thread of a screw.

The threads of screws, when bigger than can be made in screw plates, are called worms .
Moxon.

(b) A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms. (c) (Anat.) A certain muscular band in the tongue of some animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta . (d) The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to economize space. See Illust. of Still . (e) (Machinery) A short revolving screw, the threads of which drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel by gearing into its teeth or cogs. See Illust. of Worm gearing , below.

Worm abscess (Medicine) , an abscess produced by the irritation resulting from the lodgment of a worm in some part of the body. -- Worm fence . See under Fence . -- Worm gear . (Machinery) (a) A worm wheel. (b) Worm gearing. -- Worm gearing , gearing consisting of a worm and worm wheel working together. -- Worm grass . (Botany) (a) See Pinkroot , 2 (a) . (b) The white stonecrop ( Sedum album ) reputed to have qualities as a vermifuge. Dr. Prior. -- Worm oil (Medicine) , an anthelmintic consisting of oil obtained from the seeds of Chenopodium anthelminticum . -- Worm powder (Medicine) , an anthelmintic powder. -- Worm snake . (Zoology) See Thunder snake (b) , under Thunder . -- Worm tea (Medicine) , an anthelmintic tea or tisane. -- Worm tincture (Medicine) , a tincture prepared from dried earthworms, oil of tartar, spirit of wine, etc. [ Obsolete] -- Worm wheel , a cogwheel having teeth formed to fit into the spiral spaces of a screw called a worm , so that the wheel may be turned by, or may turn, the worm; -- called also worm gear , and sometimes tangent wheel . See Illust. of Worm gearing , above.

Worm intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Wormed ; present participle & verbal noun Worming .] To work slowly, gradually, and secretly.

When debates and fretting jealousy
Did worm and work within you more and more,
Your color faded.
Herbert.

Worm transitive verb
1. To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; -- often followed by out .

They find themselves wormed out of all power.
Swift.

They . . . wormed things out of me that I had no desire to tell.
Dickens.

2. To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm. See Worm , noun 5 (b) .

3. To cut the worm, or lytta, from under the tongue of, as a dog, for the purpose of checking a disposition to gnaw. The operation was formerly supposed to guard against canine madness.

The men assisted the laird in his sporting parties, wormed his dogs, and cut the ears of his terrier puppies.
Sir W. Scott.

4. (Nautical) To wind rope, yarn, or other material, spirally round, between the strands of, as a cable; to wind with spun yarn, as a small rope.

Ropes . . . are generally wormed before they are served.
Totten.

To worm one's self into , to enter into gradually by arts and insinuations; as, to worm one's self into favor.

Worm-eaten adjective
1. Eaten, or eaten into, by a worm or by worms; as, worm-eaten timber.

Concave as a covered goblet, or a worm-eaten nut.
Shak.

2. Worn-out; old; worthless. [ R.] Sir W. Raleigh.

-- Worm"-eat`en*ness , noun [ R.] Dr. John Smith.

Worm-shaped adjective Shaped like a worm; ...hick and almost cylindrical, but variously curved or bent; as, a worm-shaped root.

Worm-shell noun (Zoology) Any species of Vermetus.

Wormal noun (Zoology) See Wormil .

Wormed adjective Penetrated by worms; injured by worms; worm-eaten; as, wormed timber.

Wormhole noun A burrow made by a worm.

Wormian adjective (Anat.) Discovered or described by Olanus Wormius , a Danish anatomist.

Wormian bones , small irregular plates of bone often interposed in the sutures between the large cranial bones.

Wormil noun [ Confer 1st Warble .]


1. (Zoology) Any botfly larva which burrows in or beneath the skin of domestic and wild animals, thus producing sores. They belong to various species of Hypoderma and allied genera. Domestic cattle are often infested by a large species. See Gadfly . Called also warble , and worble . [ Written also wormal , wormul , and wornil .]

2. (Far.) See 1st Warble , 1 (b) .

Wormling noun A little worm.

O dusty wormling ! dost thou strive and stand
With heaven's high monarch?
Sylvester.

Wormseed noun (Botany) Any one of several plants, as Artemisia santonica , and Chenopodium anthelminticum , whose seeds have the property of expelling worms from the stomach and intestines.

Wormseed mustard , a slender, cruciferous plant ( Erysinum cheiranthoides ) having small lanceolate leaves.

Wormul noun (Zoology) See Wornil .

Wormwood noun [ Anglo-Saxon werm...d , akin to Old High German wermuota , wormuota , German wermuth , wermut ; of uncertain origin.]


1. (Botany) A composite plant ( Artemisia Absinthium ), having a bitter and slightly aromatic taste, formerly used as a tonic and a vermifuge, and to protect woolen garments from moths. It gives the peculiar flavor to the cordial called absinthe. The volatile oil is a narcotic poison. The term is often extended to other species of the same genus.

2. Anything very bitter or grievous; bitterness.

Lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood .
Deut. xxix. 18.

Roman wormwood (Botany) , an American weed ( Ambrosia artemisiæfolia ); hogweed. -- Tree wormwood (Botany) , a species of Artemisia (probably Artemisia variabilis ) with woody stems. -- Wormwood hare (Zoology) , a variety of the common hare ( Lepus timidus ); -- so named from its color.

Wormy adjective [ Compar. Wormier ; superl. Wormiest .]


1. Containing a worm; abounding with worms. " Wormy beds." Shak.

2. Like or pertaining to a worm; earthy; groveling.

Worn past participle of Wear .

Worn land , land that has become exhausted by tillage, or which for any reason has lost its fertility.

Worn-out adjective Consumed, or rendered useless, by wearing; as, worn-out garments.

Wornil noun (Zoology) See Wormil .

Worral, Worrel noun (Zoology) An Egyptian fork-tongued lizard, about four feet long when full grown.

Worrier noun One who worries.

Worriment noun [ See Worry .] Trouble; anxiety; worry. [ Colloq. U. S.]

Worrisome adjective Inclined to worry or fret; also, causing worry or annoyance.

Worrit transitive verb To worry; to annoy. [ Illiterate]

Worrit noun Worry; anxiety. [ Illiterate]

Worry transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Worried ; present participle & verbal noun Worrying .] [ Middle English worowen , wirien , to strangle, Anglo-Saxon wyrgan in āwyrgan ; akin to Dutch worgen , wurgen , to strangle, Old High German wurgen , German würgen , Lithuanian verszti , and perhaps to English wring .]


1. To harass by pursuit and barking; to attack repeatedly; also, to tear or mangle with the teeth.

A hellhound that doth hunt us all to death;
That dog that had his teeth before his eyes,
To worry lambs and lap their gentle blood.
Shak.

2. To harass or beset with importunity, or with care an anxiety; to vex; to annoy; to torment; to tease; to fret; to trouble; to plague. "A church worried with reformation." South.

Let them rail,
And worry one another at their pleasure.
Rowe.

Worry him out till he gives consent.
Swift.

3. To harass with labor; to fatigue. [ Colloq.]

Worry intransitive verb To feel or express undue care and anxiety; to manifest disquietude or pain; to be fretful; to chafe; as, the child worries ; the horse worries .

Worry noun ; plural Worries A state of undue solicitude; a state of disturbance from care and anxiety; vexation; anxiety; fret; as, to be in a worry . "The whir and worry of spindle and of loom." Sir T. Browne.

Worryingly adverb In a worrying manner.