[ kohld-wurk ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to work (metal) at a temperature below that at which recrystallization occurs.

Origin of cold-work

First recorded in 1930–35

Other words from cold-work

  • cold-working, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cold-work in a sentence

  • It was exceedingly cold work at -20 degrees F. in a sixty-mile wind, both for Webb and his recorder Stillwell.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • When the fortnight's cold work was done, the Stoltzfoos Farm was like nothing seen before on Murna.

    Blind Man's Lantern | Allen Kim Lang
  • Under Forrest's direction the 9th and 10th were spent in tearing up railroad track encased in snow and sleet, terribly cold work.

    Under the Stars and Bars | Walter A. Clark
  • The choir, taken by itself, may be a cold work, but the sublimity of its setting places it beyond criticism.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • Cold work it was too in the early winter mornings to wash him down, groom him and keep the saddlery and accoutrements in order.

British Dictionary definitions for cold work

cold work

  1. the craft of shaping metal without heat

verbcold-work (tr)
  1. to shape (metal) in this way

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