To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like. [1913 Webster] O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work, To match thy goodness? --Shak. [1913 Webster] Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you. --Ex. v.
[1913 Webster] Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake, Our life doth pass. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]
Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well. [1913 Webster] We bend to that the working of the heart. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce. [1913 Webster] We know that all things work together for good to them that love God. --Rom. viii.
[1913 Webster] This so wrought upon the child, that afterwards he desired to be taught. --Locke. [1913 Webster] She marveled how she could ever have been wrought upon to marry him. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]
To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil. [1913 Webster] They that work in fine flax . . . shall be confounded. --Isa. xix.
To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea. [1913 Webster] Confused with working sands and rolling waves. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; -- with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth. [1913 Webster] Till body up to spirit work, in bounds Proportioned to each kind. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To ferment, as a liquid. [1913 Webster] The working of beer when the barm is put in. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic. [1913 Webster] Purges . . . work best, that is, cause the blood so to do, . . . in warm weather or in a warm room. --Grew. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] To work at, to be engaged in or upon; to be employed in. To work to windward (Naut.), to sail or ply against the wind; to tack to windward. --Mar. Dict. [1913 Webster]
Wrought \Wrought\, imp. & p. p. of Work; as, What hath God wrought?. [1913 Webster] Note: In 1837, Samuel F. B. Morse, an American artist, devised a working electric telegraph, based on a rough knowledge of electrical circuits, electromagnetic induction coils, and a scheme to encode alphabetic letters. He and his collaborators and backers campaigned for years before persuading the federal government to fund a demonstration. Finally, on May 24, 1844, they sent the first official long-distance telegraphic message in Morse code, "What hath God wrought," through a copper wire strung between Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Maryland. The phrase was taken from the Bible, Numbers 23:23. It had been suggested to Morse by Annie Ellworth, the young daughter of a friend. --Library of Congress, American Memories series (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/may24.html). [PJC] Alas that I was wrought [created]! --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Note: The word wrought is sometimes assumed to be the past tense of wreak, as the phrases wreak havoc and wrought havoc are both commonly used. In fact, wrought havoc is not as common as wreaked havoc. Whether wrought is considered as the past tense of wreak or of work, wrought havoc has essentially the same meaning, encouraging the confusion. Etymologically, however, wrought is only the past tense of work. [PJC] Wrought and wreaked havoc Recently, we mentioned that something had wreaked havoc with our PC. We were fairly quickly corrected by someone who said, "Shouldn't that be wrought havoc?" The answer is no, because either wreaked or wrought is fine here. A misconception often arises because wrought is wrongly assumed to be the past participle of wreak. In fact wrought is the past participle of an early version of the word work! Wreak comes from Old English wrecan "drive out, punish, avenge", which derives ultimately from the Indo-European root *wreg- "push, shove, drive, track down". Latin urgere "to urge" comes from the same source, giving English urge. Interestingly, wreak is also related to wrack and wreck. The phrase wreak havoc was first used by Agatha Christie in
Wrought, on the other hand, arose in the 13th century as the past participle of wirchen, Old English for "work". In the 15th century worked came into use as the past participle of work, but wrought survived in such phrases as finely-wrought, hand-wrought, and, of course, wrought havoc . . . . Havoc, by the way, comes from Anglo-French havok, which derived from the phrase crier havot "to cry havoc". This meant "to give the army the order to begin seizing spoil, or to pillage". It is thought that this exclamation was Germanic in origin, but that's all that anyone will say about it! The destruction associated with pillaging came to be applied metaphorically to havoc, giving the word its current meaning. --The Institute for Etymological Research and Education (http://www.takeourword.com/Issue048.html) [PJC]
Wrought \Wrought\, a.
Worked; elaborated; not rough or crude. [1913 Webster]
Shaped by beating with a hammer; as, wrought iron. [PJC] Wrought iron. See under Iron. [1913 Webster]
Word Netwrought adj : shaped to fit by or as if by altering the contours of a pliable mass (as by work or effort); "a shaped handgrip"; "the molded steel plates"; "the wrought silver bracelet" [syn: shaped, molded]
1 activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
2 a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing; "it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works"; "the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work"; "he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination"; "erosion is the work of wind or water over time" [syn: piece of work]
3 the occupation for which you are paid; "he is looking for employment"; "a lot of people are out of work" [syn: employment]
4 applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading); "mastering a second language requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study in interior design" [syn: study]
5 the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it); "he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre"; "Picasso's work can be divided into periods" [syn: oeuvre, body of work]
6 a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today" [syn: workplace]
7 (physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force; "work equals force times distance"
1 exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor" [ant: idle]
2 be employed; "Is your husband working again?"; "My wife never worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"; "She works as a waitress to put herself through college" [syn: do work]
3 have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected; "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water" [syn: act]
4 perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore" [syn: function, operate, go, run] [ant: malfunction]
5 shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal" [syn: work on, process]
6 give a work-out to; "Some parents exercise their infants"; "My personal trainer works me hard"; "work one's muscles" [syn: exercise, work out]
7 proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest" [syn: make]
8 operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; "She works the night clubs"; "The salesman works the Midwest"; "This artist works mostly in acrylics"
9 proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity; "work your way through every problem or task"; "She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived"; "Start from the bottom and work towards the top"
10 move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with tension"
11 cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; "I cannot work a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a joke"; "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area" [syn: bring, play, wreak, make for]
12 cause to work; "he is working his servants hard" [syn: put to work]
14 behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
15 have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate" [syn: influence, act upon]
16 operate in or through; "Work the phones"
17 cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
18 provoke or excite; "The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy"
19 gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds"
20 make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword" [syn: shape, form, mold, mould, forge]
21 move into or onto; "work the raisins into the dough"; "the student worked a few jokes into his presentation"; "work the body onto the flatbed truck"
22 make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft" [syn: knead]
23 use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy" [syn: exploit]
24 find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem" [syn: solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick]
25 cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats" [syn: ferment]
26 go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out" [syn: sour, turn, ferment]
27 arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times" [also: wrought]
wrought See work
- /'rɔːt/ /'rO:t/
- Rhymes with: -ɔːt
- Having been worked or
- Is that fence made out of wrought iron?
Having been worked or prepared somehow
- Finnish: työstetty
- past of work
Wrought is a band based in the town of Fayetteville, Arkansas; it was formed on Halloween of 2004, but played its first venue on March 22, 2005. Wrought's merging of vocals, solos and rhythms over a southern-metal hump has proven to be popular with heavy metal fans. The release of their eponymous EP in the summer of 2005 caused a surge in popularity that was followed by their first full length release ("Hand Crafted Metal" in 2006), both of which were completely self-recorded, produced, and promoted.