plural noun

try·​works ˈtrī-ˌwərks How to pronounce tryworks (audio)
: a brick furnace in which try-pots are placed
also : the furnace with the pots

Examples of tryworks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bottles believed to date to the early 1800s are visible around Industry, but no ship's nameplate; what appears to be modern fishing line lies near the metal tryworks used to produce oil from whale fat. Jay Reeves, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 This image of the tryworks was taken from the shipwreck site of brig Industry by a NOAA ROV. CBS News, 23 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tryworks was in 1792

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“Tryworks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


try·​works ˈtrī-ˌwərks How to pronounce tryworks (audio)
: a brick furnace (as on a whaling ship) for melting down blubber to produce whale oil
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