- (in whaling) a furnace in which a kettle (try-pot) is placed for rendering blubber.
Origin of tryworks
1785–95; try + works
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Examples from the Web for tryworks
There was a group of men by the tryworks; and Dan'l strolled that way.
For the rest, the convention of the deck kept Brander forward of the tryworks; and Faith never went forward.
He saw her before she saw him, saw her face illumined by the light of the flare in the rigging above the tryworks.
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