work·​piece ˈwərk-ˌpēs How to pronounce workpiece (audio)
: a piece of work in process of manufacture

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Gecko Gripper uses the same adhesive system for gripping as the feet of a gecko, with millions of fine fibers that adhere to the surface of the workpiece and generate strong van der Waals forces. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Feb. 2019 Be sure that the saw’s riving knife is installed to prevent the workpiece from pinching against the blade as it’s being ripped. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 14 Dec. 2022 Clamp a stop block to the miter gauge fence, and butt the workpiece to it [5]. Rosario Capotosto, Popular Mechanics, 28 Aug. 2021 Use a tenoning jig to hold the workpiece vertically. Rosario Capotosto, Popular Mechanics, 28 Aug. 2021 The nomenclature is tricky in this respect: A similar cut made along the length of the workpiece, such as in the edge or face of the board, is known simply as a groove, not a dado. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 24 Feb. 2021 Some are hollow, so a drill or boring attachment can be fed through the tailstock and into the end of the workpiece while it’s still fully supported. Bob Beacham,, 26 Feb. 2021 Dowels have a tendency to rotate slightly when cut with a miter saw, which can lead to uneven or scorched cuts, so use a cradle that securely holds the workpiece. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, 12 Dec. 2020 The workpiece wouldn't be sufficiently supported by the saw's fence, and the blade could easily grab the piece and pull my hand into its path. Paul Steiner, Popular Mechanics, 19 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of workpiece was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Workpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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