openwork

noun, often attributive
open·​work | \ˈō-pən-ˌwərk \

Definition of openwork 

: work constructed so as to show openings through its substance : work that is perforated or pierced wrought-iron openwork

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Other Words from openwork

open-worked \ ˈō-​pən-​ˌwərkt \ adjective

Examples of openwork in a Sentence

a potter who decorates her vases with openwork

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Many of the bones end up as jewelry or staffs carved in the distinctive flowing, openwork style of Maori art, which often features fierce and beautiful stylized human figures, spirals, and fishhooks. National Geographic, "This Man Has Helped Give 460 Dead Whales a Second Life—As Art," 9 Apr. 2018 The butsudan are cabinets of lacquer and gilt, with openwork carvings of flowers and trees; the ihai are upright tablets of black lacquered wood, vertically inscribed in gold. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Ghosts of the Tsunami," 25 Oct. 2017 The butsudan are cabinets of lacquer and gilt, with openwork carvings of flowers and trees Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Ghosts of the Tsunami," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of openwork

1583, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of openwork was in 1583

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openwork

noun

English Language Learners Definition of openwork

: decoration that consists of designs made with openings or holes

openwork

noun
open·​work | \ˈō-pən-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of openwork

: something made or work done so as to show spaces through the fabric or material

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