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


His favorite hobby was woodworking.

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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

Beyoncé could partner up with a plywood company and woodworking would suddenly be the newest health craze. Jessica Migala, Health.com, "Should You Be Drinking Beyonce’s Watermelon Water?," 2 Aug. 2019 Galleries, studios and shops are spread throughout every pocket of the city, each showcasing or emphasizing different kinds of art, from paintings and prints to pottery and woodworking. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky-made art in Louisville: Here are more than a dozen places to find it," 17 July 2019 Downtown Chandler Art Walk Dozens of artists show a wide variety of works, including jewelry, painting, photography and woodworking. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 But there were controversies, as when the college embarked on a partnership to provide students for a fledgling woodworking school founded in part by Ms. Sanders’s daughter Carina Driscoll. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "Jane Sanders and the Messy Demise of a Vermont College," 21 June 2019 Demonstrations by members of the Orange County Woodworkers Assn. often take place there, so visitors can witness the woodworking process. Richard Chang, Daily Pilot, "Get yer fresh, hot art at the OC Fair," 18 July 2019 Inside, top-notch woodworking is seen throughout, from the carved front doors to the elaborate central staircase. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Towering 1887 Queen Anne asks $1.3M," 9 July 2019 Her current role is to teach floral design, ag mechanics including woodworking, plumbing, and electrical, and science-based ag classes related to soil, genetics and nutrition. Ramona Sentinel, "Community Profile: Agriculture runs deep in teacher Mary Martineau’s family," 2 July 2019 Al also loved woodworking, gardening, blade sharpening and trips to Aruba with his family. courant.com, "Allan A. Krasnow," 20 June 2019

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1839, in the meaning defined above


1858, in the meaning defined above

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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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