verb (used with object)

to work (metal) at a temperature below that at which recrystallization occurs.

Origin of cold-work

First recorded in 1930–35
Related formscold-work·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cold work

cold work


the craft of shaping metal without heat

verb cold-work (tr)

to shape (metal) in this way
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