W = τ θIn physics, a force is said to do work when it acts on a body, and there is a displacement of the point of application in the direction of the force. The force does not need to cause the displacement. For example, when you lift a suitcase from the floor, there are two forces that do work: the normal force by your hand and the gravitational force.

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  1. Employment.
    1. Labour, occupation, job.
      1. The place where one is employed.
  2. Effort.
    1. Effort expended on a particular task.
      1. A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance. No work is done if the object does not move.
    2. A nonthermal First Law energy in transit between one form or repository and another. Also, a means of accomplishing such transit..
  3. Product; the result of effort.
    1. The result of a particular manner of production.
    2. Something produced using the specified material or tool.
    3. A literary, artistic, or intellectual production.
      1. A fortification.
  4. The staging of events to appear as real.
  5. Ore before it is dressed.


  1. To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers.
    1. Followed by in (or at, etc.) Said of one's workplace (building), or one's department, or one's trade (sphere of business).
      I work in a national park;  she works in the human resources department;  he mostly works in logging, but sometimes works in carpentry
    2. Followed by as. Said of one's job title
      I work as a cleaner.
    3. Followed by for. Said of a company or individual who employs.
      she works for Microsoft;  he works for the president
    4. Followed by with. General use, said of either fellow employees or instruments or clients.
      I work closely with my Canadian counterparts;  you work with computers;  she works with the homeless people from the suburbs
  2. To effect by gradual degrees.
    he worked his way through the crowd;  the dye worked its way through;  using some tweezers, she worked the bee sting out of her hand
  3. To embroider with thread.
  4. To set into action.
  5. To cause to ferment.
  6. To ferment.
  7. To exhaust, by working.
  8. To shape, form, or improve a material.
  9. To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality.
  10. To operate in or through; as, to work the phones.
  11. To provoke or excite; to influence.
  12. To use or manipulate to one’s advantage.
  13. To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.
  14. To cause to work.
  15. To function correctly; to act as intended; to achieve the goal designed for.
  16. To influence.
  17. To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth.
  18. To move in an agitated manner.
    A ship works in a heavy sea.
  19. To behave in a certain way when handled;
  20. To cause (someone) to feel (something).
  21. To hurt; to ache.

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