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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But people came out of the woodwork in the monster-truck community to help give High Roller II a new life. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "A Monster Truck’s Car-Crushing Comeback," 1 May 2018 Host Getafe had the best chances, twice hitting the woodwork in a match played under light snow during parts of the second half. USA TODAY, "Barcelona's Pique scores late to silence Espanyol crowd," 4 Feb. 2018 Barca had kept six clean sheets in their previous seven Champions League games, but once again had good luck rather than good defending to thank four minutes before the break when Willian hooked another effort from outside the box off the woodwork. Kieran Canning, chicagotribune.com, "Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge," 20 Feb. 2018 But the ball ricocheted off the woodwork and the leg of goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen before falling to Sisto, who fired it over the goalkeeper from a tight angle. USA TODAY, "Dembele returns for Barcelona in 1-1 draw at Celta in Copa," 4 Jan. 2018 The touches added by Elvis include gold-tone hardware, custom woodwork and inlays, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "You can now bid to buy Elvis Presley's private jet; sold 'as is'," 22 June 2018 Exposed beams, intricate woodwork and stone finishes all feature prominently throughout the floor plan. Jack Flemming, sacbee, "Former 49ers QB Jeff Garcia puts his Rancho Santa Fe home on market for $6.499 million," 6 June 2018 His wife designed the space, filled with custom woodwork and bold textile-like prints that shouldn't go together but absolutely do. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Luvi's chef tells a deliciously beautiful story: First look review," 22 May 2018 From there on, the visitors were perhaps a tad fortunate not to concede another with the woodwork denying Leicester on two occasions. SI.com, "Stoke City Boss Paul Lambert Admits to Feeling Disappointed Following Late Leicester Equaliser," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of woodwork

circa 1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of woodwork was circa 1609

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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


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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