form·​work | \ ˈfȯrm-ˌwərk How to pronounce formwork (audio) \

Definition of formwork

: a set of forms in place to hold wet concrete until it sets

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Condensation from the metal formwork and upholstery staples seeped into the foam of the padded walls. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "The epic tale of the House of the Century, the trippy Texas icon that defies polite description," 12 July 2019 Its undulating form is made from an orange pigmented shotcrete, a type of concrete that sprays from a hose onto formwork. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Concrete desert retreat mimics surrounding mountains and dunes," 12 June 2019 The balls, acting as a sort of formwork, dictate where the plastic pieces can and cannot go. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Robots built this wild plastic pavilion," 28 Sep. 2018 Its formwork, made from small strips of wood, is still visible through the white plaster—a deliberate choice intended to convey the building’s handmade nature. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Otherworldly new museum is built into a sand dune," 17 Dec. 2018 Before employing the fleet of buzzing machines, Chaltiel worked with a team of students to build a lightweight geodesic timber frame and cover it with a light formwork of burlap sacks filled with sand. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Mud-spraying drones could help build emergency shelters," 27 Sep. 2018 This afternoon, crews working on the Nexus project observed that a formwork system was beginning to lean out from the building. Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times, "Formwork leans away from Nexus project under construction in Seattle," 19 Mar. 2018 The fire department was contacted and is on site working with crews to position the formwork back in place. Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times, "Formwork leans away from Nexus project under construction in Seattle," 19 Mar. 2018 Sculptor @WendellCastle’s contributions to design opened eyes to the artistic magnitudes of woodwork, formwork, and furniture. Donald Bradley, kansascity, "Can you really sit on that? Kansas artist, known for art furniture design, dies at 85," 22 Jan. 2018

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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to spread over or through

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