work·​man·​ship | \ ˈwərk-mən-ˌship How to pronounce workmanship (audio) \

Definition of workmanship

1 : something effected, made, or produced : work
2 : the art or skill of a workman also : the quality imparted to a thing in the process of making a vase of exquisite workmanship

Examples of workmanship in a Sentence

The problems were caused by cheap materials and poor workmanship. The excellent workmanship of the cabinets is remarkable.
Recent Examples on the Web In a 2016 report, Construction Resources Inc. -- a Solon building-exterior consulting firm that examined the clock tower for the city -- said the tower was deteriorating, at least partly due to poor workmanship. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Strongsville ready to move forward on repairs to landmark clock tower," 21 Jan. 2020 In the past the embossing of a letter was regarded as a sign of bad workmanship. The Economist, "Setting type How the world’s old printing presses are being brought back to life," 18 Dec. 2019 For productivity and workmanship, often there’s just no substitute for a nail gun. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Cordless Nail Guns," 30 Oct. 2019 The battery pack warranty covers defects in material and workmanship for 10-years/150,000-miles in California and eight-years/100,000-miles in states without stringent air-quality standards. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Honda Insight hybrid: smart car with premium appeal," 29 Sep. 2019 TEMPERLEY LONDON Designer Alice Temperley presented her summer 2020 collection at her boutique in central London, displaying many of her signature, beautifully made dresses to a crowd that seemed enchanted by the workmanship and whimsy. Washington Post, "London Fashion Week: Extravaganza kicks off with gala shows," 13 Sep. 2019 The industry standard for workmanship is between five and 10 years. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to decide whether to repair or replace your roof," 31 July 2019 Faulty components, shoddy workmanship or wiring, or a combination, can cause fires, Wilder said. Los Angeles Times, "Tesla residential rooftop solar panels catch fire, and the lawsuits start flying," 30 Aug. 2019 But the Nissan Maxima mixes tradition with sportiness and comfort with workmanship. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Nissan Maxima: Enduring sedan mixes tradition with sportiness," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of workmanship

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jan 2020

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“Workmanship.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of workmanship

: the quality of the work that is done by someone


work·​man·​ship | \ ˈwərk-mən-ˌship How to pronounce workmanship (audio) \

Kids Definition of workmanship

1 : the art or skill of a workman
2 : the quality of a piece of work They take pride in their good workmanship.

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