head·​work | \ ˈhed-ˌwərk How to pronounce headwork (audio) \

Definition of headwork

: mental labor especially : clever thinking

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Sentell added a headworks with an automatic screen and flow meter at the entrance to the lagoon. Dennis Pillion, AL.com, "Sewage problems still plague Uniontown after $4.8 million in repairs," 20 Apr. 2018 The headworks project is scheduled to be completed by 2020. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Project to prevent massive sewage backups begins at Back River," 10 Aug. 2017 The report’s authors also were troubled by a 14-foot crack growing in a massive five-foot-thick concrete pier attached to the spillway’s headworks. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Catastrophic engineering expert asks: Is Oroville Dam leaking?," 20 July 2017 The problem was first detected last year, when workers at the Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant got high methane readings at the plant’s headworks. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Aging sewer pipe under Denver’s south suburbs fraught with fetid, fiery problems," 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of headwork

1642, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headwork was in 1642

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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