wood·​work | \ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk \

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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The woodwork wasn’t covered up with layers of paint and the plaster walls were in remarkably sound condition. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "How a fashion designer transformed an 18th-century home into a dreamy inn," 21 Nov. 2018 The wallpaper is from Anthropologie, and the woodwork is in Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018 Stefan Heck has a beautiful piece about all of the dumb-dumbs who come out of the woodwork when a joke tweet goes viral. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 Or my favorite: The Yetibus, another cozy Blue Bird which runs on waste vegetable oil, is lined in lovely woodwork, and is warmed by a super efficient wood stove. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is #BusLife the New #VanLife?," 17 Aug. 2018 The leather and woodwork is combined with bronze sheeting in a way that clearly resembles the leg armor of Roman soldiers. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Man With a Knife for an Arm," 14 Aug. 2018 The two central defenders connected with the woodwork — Emiliano Amor off the crossbar, and then Ike Opara off the post. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Yohan Croizet lifts Sporting KC to Open Cup win with last-minute strike from distance," 16 June 2018 The list spans repairing and re-shingling the roof, replacing ornamental and structural woodwork, repairing brick work and gutting the interior, which has been neglected for decades. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Despite New Commuter Line, Rail Upgrades Lag North Of Hartford," 12 June 2018 Inside, the mansion has high beam ceilings, five fireplaces and original woodwork from walnut paneling to intricate molding. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Ex-Trail Blazer Rasheed Wallace sells $3 million mansion seen on 'Cribs' (photos)," 11 June 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

: the wooden frame of football or soccer goalposts


wood·​work | \ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of woodwork

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

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to enclose within walls

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