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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People have come out of the woodwork on this because of fears about home values and busing across the district. Washington Post, "School boundary questions touch off debates about race, income, equity," 8 July 2019 His interior designer envisioned grasscloth wallpaper and new hardware, among other high-end upgrades, along with refreshing the carpet and drapes and completing basic repairs to aging woodwork. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "When it comes to giving at the office, Gov. Lamont is writing checks — and not taking a salary," 7 July 2019 View this post on Instagram When ur friends come out of the woodworks to support u is all u need to be brave. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Bella Thorne Thanks Zendaya, Lily Rose Depp & More For Support After Nude Photo Hack," 20 June 2019 Located in an old liquor store, the inside has been renovated using woodwork and metal from a 110-year-old barn. Amy Haneline, Indianapolis Star, "Even more breweries and distilleries are on tap for Indianapolis in 2018," 2 Jan. 2018 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

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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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