woodwork

noun
wood·​work | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk How to pronounce woodwork (audio) \

Definition of woodwork

1 : work made of wood especially : interior fittings (such as moldings or stairways) of wood
2 : a place or state of concealment, seclusion, or anonymity witnesses came out of the woodwork when a reward was offered

Examples of woodwork in a Sentence

We painted the walls white and the woodwork red. The kick hit the woodwork.

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Bakula predicts the average age will moderate somewhat by the year’s end, as Christmas albums trickle onto the Billboard 200 and legacy artists come out of the woodwork. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Why Are Today's Top-Charting Music Stars So Young?," 12 Sep. 2019 At one point, Chelsea also struck the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds. SI.com, "Women's Super League Roundup - Week 1: Record Crowds & Stunning Goals Kick Off New Season," 9 Sep. 2019 John’s fascination with the intricate woodwork in his home prompted him to take up woodworking. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "Cool Spaces: Cozy ‘castle’ is among eight stops on Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour Sept. 15," 30 Aug. 2019 Gugler traveled to Nigeria in 1961-62 and bought masks and other woodworks directly from the artists. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "UConn’s Benton museum infused with spirit of Africa," 26 Aug. 2019 The house, even more lovingly photographed from inside, is a squatter’s paradise with its antique furnishings and intricate woodwork. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 20 June 2019 The house, even more lovingly photographed from inside, is a squatter’s paradise with its antique furnishings and intricate woodwork. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 4 June 2019 The Mark Twain House is a beauty, a 25-room Victorian with elaborate woodwork and furnishings. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Wit and wisdom in West Hartford," 3 July 2019 Railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney commissioned 250 Italian craftsmen to embellish his hotel with stained glass windows, elaborate molding, and intricate woodwork. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "These historic lodges are the perfect way to see North America’s wild parks," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of woodwork

circa 1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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woodwork

noun

English Language Learners Definition of woodwork

: the parts of a room or house (such as window frames or stairs) that are made of wood
British, informal : the wooden frame of football or soccer goalposts

woodwork

noun
wood·​work | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk How to pronounce woodwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodwork

: work (as the edge around doorways) made of wood

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