the condition of a mechanism when it is functioning properly: a stove in working order.
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How to use working order in a sentence
He wants to know everything fits and is in working order and that there isn’t too much of it.In the World of Ultralight Hiking, Everything Weighs Something | jversteegh | July 14, 2021 | Outside Online
Only 26 of the country’s 185 hospitals had oxygen plants, local media reported at the end of April, and of those not all were in working order.The COVID-19 Pandemic May Be the Hardest Mountain Nepal's Sherpas Have Ever Had to Climb | Rojita Adhikari / Everest South Base Camp and Kathmandu | May 21, 2021 | Time
They had complaints about the condition of the school even before the pandemic, of mold in the basement, that bathrooms were dirty, and that heating and cooling systems were not in working order.As schools reopen, Asian American students are missing from classrooms | Moriah Balingit, Hannah Natanson, Yutao Chen | March 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Still, care should be taken to make sure the battery stays in good working order, discarding and replacing if it becomes damaged.Best heated vest: Beat the cold weather with the right winter gear | PopSci Commerce Team | February 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
Like the Hubble Deep Field, if all is in working order, adding those galaxies to the census should give us an even clearer picture of the whole.How Many Galaxies Are in the Universe? A New Answer From the Darkest Sky Ever Observed | Jason Dorrier | January 15, 2021 | Singularity Hub
The spinal cord controls muscles so everything else is in working order.‘The Paralyzed Bride’ Talks Life & Sex as a 27-Year-Old Quadriplegic | | February 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The one Penny Arcade machine in working order at the bank that night has seen better days.Daddy, How Come You’re Always Broke? Benjamin Anastas’s ‘Too Good to Be True’ | Benjamin Anastas | October 15, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the institutions of modern society are not in working order.
Detailed legal codes and processes are needed to keep society in working order.
The Manila-Dagúpan Railway was in working order, and bringing supplies into the city.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The electric wires got out of working order, and the city was lighted only by the glare of the flaming buildings.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The men therefore set vigorously to work to put in a spare pane, and get the light once more into working order.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
There are now four cables in working order, and the cost of messages has been reduced twenty-five per cent.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
(a) Was the apparatus for lowering the boats on the Titanic at the time of the casualty in good working order?Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' | British Government