form·​work ˈfȯrm-ˌwərk How to pronounce formwork (audio)
: a set of forms in place to hold wet concrete until it sets

Examples of formwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even common materials like concrete and plastics benefit from being 3D-printed, since there’s no need for additional formwork or molds. James Rose, The Conversation, 30 Mar. 2023 This means that their customers no longer dependent on formwork, which is expensive and time-consuming to create. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Feb. 2023 The ability of 3D printers to construct buildings without formwork (the concrete molds that cement is typically poured into) can significantly reduce overall use of the material, which is responsible for about 8% of global CO2 emissions annually. CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 When Andrade began casting the house’s first concrete columns and lintels in 2013, plywood formwork also began appearing in his artistic practice. Michael Snyder Ivan Salinero, New York Times, 10 Aug. 2022 In November 2019, the complaint says, a portion of that formwork failed and collapsed while workers for Baker were placing concrete for the elevated floor slab on the project's seventh level. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 21 July 2022 However, some temporary wood formwork was damaged by the winds and had to be replaced. Camila Pedrosa, The Arizona Republic, 13 Sep. 2022 Trainers told us that formwork (like checking your squat technique), brief full-body strength circuits, and even a solid round of burpees can be effective uses of 10 quick minutes. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 7 Sep. 2022 The complaint says Gateway was responsible for designing and installing the formwork needed for Baker to install elevated concrete slabs, adding Advantage was retained by Gateway for professional engineering services. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 21 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of formwork was in 1918

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“Formwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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