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Definitions for handiwork
ˈhæn diˌwɜrkhand·i·work

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. handicraft, handcraft, handiwork, handworknoun

    a work produced by hand labor


  1. handiworknoun

    Work done by the hands.

    The Museum of Popular Arts showcases Portugal's finest handiworks.

  2. handiworknoun

    Work done personally.

  3. handiworknoun

    The result of personal efforts.

  4. Etymology: From handiwerc, from handgeweorc, from hand + geweorc. More at hand, work.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Handiworknoun

    Work of the hand; product of labour; manufacture.

    Etymology: handy and work.

    In general they are not repugnant unto the natural will of God, which wisheth to the works of his own hands, in that they are his own handiwork, all happiness; although perhaps, for some special cause in our own particular, a contrary determination have seemed more convenient. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    As proper men as ever trod upon neats-leather have gone upon my handiwork. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Ps. xix. 1.

    He parted with the greatest blessing of human nature for the handiwork of a taylor. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. handiwork

    A handyman, also known as a fixer, handyperson or handyworker, is a person skilled at a wide range of repairs, typically around the home. These tasks include trade skills, repair work, maintenance work, are both interior and exterior, and are sometimes described as "side work", "odd jobs" or "fix-up tasks". Specifically, these jobs could be light plumbing jobs such as fixing a leaky toilet or light electric jobs such as changing a light fixture or bulb. The term handyman increasingly describes a paid worker, but it also includes non-paid homeowners or do-it-yourselfers. The term handyman is also occasionally applied as an adjective to describe politicians or business leaders who make substantial organizational changes, such as overhauling a business structure or administrative division. Many people can do common household repairs. There are resources on the Internet, as well as do-it-yourself guide books, with instructions about how to complete a wide range of projects. Sometimes the fix-it skill is seen as genetic, and people lacking such skills are said to "lack the handy-man gene". One trend is that fewer homeowners are inclined to do fix-up jobs, perhaps because of time constraints, perhaps because of lack of interest; one reporter commented "my family's fix-it gene petered out before it reached my generation."Historically being a handyman was considered a less prestigious occupation than a specialist such as a plumber, electrician, or carpenter. With the emergence of large national chains, there have been efforts to change that perception by emphasizing the professionalism of the trade and that a handyman is a technician with multiple skills and a wide range of knowledge. Handyman tools sometimes become useful in different places: for example, when a proper cranial drill was not available, an Australian doctor used a handyman's drill in 2009 to open a hole in the head of a 13-year-old boy to relieve pressure after a brain injury; the boy's life was saved.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Handiworknoun

    work done by the hands; hence, any work done personally

  2. Etymology: [OE. handiwerc, AS. handgeweorc; hand hand + geweorc work; prefix ge- + weorc. See Work.]


  1. Handiwork

    Handiwork is the seventh studio album by the Canadian guitarist Rik Emmett, released in 2002. It is second fully instrumental album recorded by Emmett.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Handiwork

    Handywork, hand′i-wurk, n. work done by the hands, performance generally: work of skill or wisdom: creation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of handiwork in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of handiwork in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of handiwork in a Sentence

  1. David Seabury:

    Nature is at work.. Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow.

  2. Nicholas Bagley:

    The Justice Department's a bedrock convention of our constitutional structure, one that prevents the executive branch from using litigation strategy to undo Congress' handiwork.

  3. Cedric Leighton:

    This is the handiwork of a sophisticated( most likely State) actor. The precise nature of the intelligence used to conduct targeting, the mission planning that went into this to avoid radar detection, as well as the selection of the targets shows a robust capability that would most likely be the work of a government or government-sponsored group, the drones most likely originated in either Southern Iraq or Iran.

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