plural noun

(in whaling) a furnace in which a kettle (try-pot) is placed for rendering blubber.

Origin of tryworks

1785–95; try + works Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tryworks

Historical Examples of tryworks

  • There was a group of men by the tryworks; and Dan'l strolled that way.

    The Sea Bride

    Ben Ames Williams

  • For the rest, the convention of the deck kept Brander forward of the tryworks; and Faith never went forward.

    The Sea Bride

    Ben Ames Williams

  • He saw her before she saw him, saw her face illumined by the light of the flare in the rigging above the tryworks.

    The Sea Bride

    Ben Ames Williams

  • The wind now began to blow steadily from the nor'-west; but not so hard as to stop our tryworks for more than an hour.

    Fighting the Whales

    R. M. Ballantyne