wood·​work·​ing | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwər-kiŋ How to pronounce woodworking (audio) \

Definition of woodworking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: used for woodworking



Definition of woodworking (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act, process, or occupation of working wood into a useful or desired form

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woodworker \ ˈwu̇d-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce woodworker (audio) \ noun

Examples of woodworking in a Sentence

Noun His favorite hobby was woodworking.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These findings include hundreds of small bone points and daggers from the same time period, elk antlers caved with animal faces and even woodworking tools that continue to suggest just how advanced these hunter-gathers really were. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Wooden Statue Found in Late 1890s Likely Dates Back More Than 11,000 Years," 27 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His father gave him an old handsaw, which was likely the genesis of his woodworking hobby in later years. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/13," 13 Nov. 2019 Throughout the event, attendees will be able to enjoy live music while watching woodworking demonstrations and purchasing from the crafts and bake tables. Sharina Taveras Lopez, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "South Carroll: Mount Airy church getting starting with holidays through annual Christmas Market," 4 Nov. 2019 Gary and Joan loved to attend all their sporting events and Gary taught them to fish, build woodworking projects and be the class clown. courant.com, "Gary L. Mazzone," 8 Oct. 2019 Today, the company is run by the two sons of the original owner; it is regarded as one of the best woodworking factories in the world. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Here’s Why Your Next TV Will Cost More Than $20,000—and Have Wings!," 22 Sep. 2019 There are pottery and woodworking studios, a ballistics range to shoot replica arrows, metalworking facilities, and so forth. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, "Knives Made of Frozen Feces Are Kinda Crappy," 22 Sep. 2019 Another 1,400 offenders receive on-the-job training in areas such as metal fabrication, woodworking, upholstery and license plates. NBC News, "Students hope performance brings changes to prison system," 12 Nov. 2019 It was converted in 2013 and features just 19 guest rooms, but restored fireplaces and woodworking, along with plush velvet furnishings and gold light fixtures, maintain the throwback look. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do in Santiago, Chile," 20 Sep. 2019 Presented by Blossom Hill Crafts, the sale features locally made fine arts and crafts including pottery, woodworking, handmade cards, jewelry, paintings, glass art, gift ideas, and more. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos community briefs for the week of Sept. 20," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of woodworking


1839, in the meaning defined above


1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of woodworking was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Woodworking.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodworker. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodworking

US : the skill or work of making things out of wood


wood·​work·​ing | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwər-kiŋ How to pronounce woodworking (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodworking

: the art or process of shaping or working with wood

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