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[wurk-tey-buh l] /ˈwɜrkˌteɪ bəl/
a table with a work surface, often with drawers.
Origin of worktable
First recorded in 1790-1800; work + table Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for worktable
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  • He pointed to a chair by the fire and went back to his worktable.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
  • He turned and limped over to a structure that looked like a sort of worktable.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Ugolini went to his worktable, sighed, and sat down heavily.

  • In the foreground to the left a window, and by it a small sofa, with a worktable in front of it.

    Ghosts Henrik Ibsen
  • His worktable and the cement floor around it were littered with sheets of closely typed paper.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Inside, his books and papers spread over a worktable, sat Donald Whiting.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • His eyes fell on a large wrench lying on a worktable, and he snatched it up and threw it with all his strength.

    The Stutterer R.R. Merliss
  • They went back into the Maintenance Section, and Vaneski spread the suit out on the worktable.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The scientists around the worktable had paused, too, as they felt the earth tremble.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • That lady sat, as was her custom, in her low sewing chair beside her worktable in the angle of the fireplace and the side window.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for worktable


  1. any table at which writing, sewing, or other work may be done
  2. (in English cabinetwork) a small elegant table fitted with sewing accessories
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