public works

plural noun

structures, as roads, dams, or post offices, paid for by government funds for public use.

Origin of public works

First recorded in 1670–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for public works

Contemporary Examples of public works

  • In any case, any shovel-ready public-works projects that were capable of gearing up quickly have already been funded.

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    July 8, 2009

Historical Examples of public works

British Dictionary definitions for public works

public works

pl n

engineering projects and other constructions, financed and undertaken by a government for the community
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public works in Culture

public works

Public facilities and improvements financed by the government for the public good. Public works include hospitals, bridges, highways, and dams. These projects may be funded by local, state, or federal appropriations. (See also pork-barrel legislation.)

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