duct·​work | \ ˈdəkt-ˌwərk How to pronounce ductwork (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The airy space balances its red-orange accent walls with beautiful, multicolored wood, exposed ductwork, and pastel blue, rust, and black chairs and stools. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Review: This former food truck serves wild boar Cubans and kangaroo burgers in an old Berkeley auto shop," 13 Nov. 2019 The vibe here is friendly and open — much like the visible ductwork, which is the stuff of old-school Bushwick cafeterias, not new-school Bed Stuy lofts. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "'Puerto Rican food is love’ at Kissimmee’s Trópico Mofongo | Review," 31 Oct. 2019 Misawa’s dining room is straightforward in design, the ceilings lofted and exposed, with black paint covering the ductwork and beams. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Japanese restaurant on Bardstown Road falls short of serving A+ sushi," 4 Sep. 2019 Its floor-to-floor heights were too low, Neilson said, to accommodate the ample ductwork and tubing the new building requires. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Is Northwestern’s new medical research building a world-class structure? The building, and the answer, are incomplete.," 13 June 2019 Otherwise, if ignored, animals can pull down insulation and open ductwork to create sleeping quarters and unchecked sewers. Janet Eastman, oregonlive.com, "What to do about cougars in the neighborhood, skunks under the house, bats in the attic," 19 July 2019 The interior seats about 80 at tables and at the bar; that space, with its open-ductwork ceiling, can get noisy when crowded. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "First Look: Santa Clara’s The Hut 2.0, now with smoked meats," 11 July 2019 The fire started in the ductwork and damaged the walls of the 129-year-old building, but firefighters said no injuries were reported. Sabrina Schnur, BostonGlobe.com, "Cambridge firefighters put out blaze in Harvard Square," 17 June 2019 The photos also appear to show damaged and dirty ductwork and improper ventilation. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al.com, "Lawyer for firefighter says mold, asbestos in Birmingham station," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of ductwork

1934, in the meaning defined above

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27 Nov 2019

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“Ductwork.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ductwork. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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chiefly US : a system of ducts

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