What does outwork mean?

Definitions for outwork
ˌaʊtˈwɜrk; ˈaʊtˌwɜrkout·work

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. outworknoun

    subsidiary defensive structure lying outside the main fortified area

    "the outworks of the castle"


  1. outworknoun

    A minor, subsidiary fortification built beyond the main limits of fortification.

  2. outworkverb

    To work out to a finish; to complete.

  3. outworkverb

    To work faster or harder than.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Outworknoun

    The parts of a fortification next the enemy.

    Etymology: out and work.

    Take care of our out-work, the navy royal, which are the walls of the kingdom; and every great ship is an impregnable fort; and our many safe and commodious ports as the redoubts to secure them. Francis Bacon.

    Death hath taken in the out-works,
    And now assails the fort; I feel, I feel him
    Gnawing my heart-strings. John Denham.


  1. Outwork

    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

  1. Outwork

    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.

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  1. workout

  2. work out

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of outwork in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of outwork in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of outwork in a Sentence

  1. Monica Phromsavanh:

    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.

  2. John Lewis:

    Supreme Court justices believe Supreme Court justices will outwork and out-organize them and find ways to overcome voter suppression, that's been the history of Supreme Court justices experience with voting in this country -- having to overcome those barriers.

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. opaque
    • B. alternate
    • C. noninvasive
    • D. frantic

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