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openwork

[oh-puh n-wurk]
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noun
  1. any kind of work, especially ornamental, as of embroidery, lace, metal, stone, or wood, having a latticelike nature or showing openings through its substance.

Origin of openwork

First recorded in 1590–1600; open + work
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Examples from the Web for openwork

Historical Examples

  • Openwork in relief, when elaborated and minute in all its parts.

    Carpentry for Boys

    J. S. Zerbe

  • There is an openwork balustrade which surrounds the platform of the bell tower.

  • His trousers were gray rayon, and his footgear was openwork sandals.

    The Golden Skull

    John Blaine

  • Her openwork stockings were drawn so tight that the skin there also gleamed white.

    A Bed of Roses

    W. L. George

  • It is surmounted by a crown wrought in openwork and of a fine effect.


British Dictionary definitions for openwork

openwork

noun
  1. ornamental work, as of metal or embroidery, having a pattern of openings or holes
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