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

open-worked

play \ˈō-pən-ˌwərkt\ adjective

Examples of openwork in a Sentence

  1. a potter who decorates her vases with openwork

First Known Use of openwork

1583


OPENWORK Defined for English Language Learners

openwork

noun

Definition of openwork for English Language Learners

  • : decoration that consists of designs made with openings or holes


OPENWORK Defined for Kids

openwork

noun open·work \ ˈō-pən-ˌwərk \

Definition of openwork for Students

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

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