subsidiary defensive structure lying outside the main fortified area
"the outworks of the castle"
A minor, subsidiary fortification built beyond the main limits of fortification.
To work out to a finish; to complete.
To work faster or harder than.
An outwork is a minor defense, fortification, built or established outside the principal fortification limits, detached or semidetached. Outworks were developed in the 16th century, such as ravelins, lunettes, caponiers to shield bastions and fortification curtains from direct battery. Later the increasing scale of warfare and the greater resources available to the besieger accelerated this development, and systems of outworks grew more and more elaborate and sprawling as a means of slowing the attacker's progress and making it more costly.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
owt′wurk, n. a work outside the principal wall or line of fortification: work done in the fields, out of doors, as distinguished from indoor work.—v.t. Outwork′ (Shak.), to surpass in work or labour: to work out or bring to an end: to finish.—n. Out′worker, one who works out of doors, or who takes away work to do at home.
workout, work out
The numerical value of outwork in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of outwork in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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I took every shift that was available to me, and I never refused any task. I wanted to outwork all of my coworkers, and when I did I was promoted to manager.
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