brightwork

[ brahyt-wurk ]
/ ˈbraɪtˌwɜrk /

noun

polished metal parts, as on a ship or automobile.
Nautical. all plain or varnished woodwork that is kept scoured on a vessel.

Nearby words

  1. brightly,
  2. brightness,
  3. brighton,
  4. brighton and hove,
  5. brights,
  6. brigid,
  7. brigid, saint,
  8. brigit,
  9. brigitte,
  10. brigsail

Origin of brightwork

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; bright + work

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British Dictionary definitions for brightwork

brightwork

/ (ˈbraɪtˌwɜːk) /

noun

shiny metal trimmings or fittings on ships, cars, etc
varnished or plain woodwork on a vessel
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