noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1598 work constructed so as to show openings through its substance ; work that is perforated or pierced <
wrought-iron openwork
open-worked adjective

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  • openwork —    Openwork is what many call any object or architectural construction produced in such a way that it shows a pattern of openings (perforations, piercings, gaps, holes), typically to decorative effect. Such works can be in cloth, metal, or wood.… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • Openwork — O pen*work , n. 1. Anything so constructed or manufactured (in needlework, carpentry, metal work, etc.) as to show openings through its substance; work that is perforated or pierced. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mining) A quarry; an open cut. Raymond.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • openwork — [ō′pən wʉrk΄] n. ornamental work, as in cloth, metal, etc., with openings in the material …   English World dictionary

  • openwork — o|pen|work [ˈəupənˌwə:k US ˈoupənˌwə:rk] adj [only before noun] an openwork object has a pattern of open spaces between the material that it is made from ▪ an openwork stone screen …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • openwork — adjective (only before noun) using or containing a pattern that has spaces in between metal bars, pieces of thread etc: a beautiful openwork screen openwork noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • openwork stocking — noun A type of stocking having decorative gaps in the fabric. Perhaps one high heel catching the sunlight, with a bird perched on the end of it; and the other – a stockinged foot, with blood . . . thats dried into the openwork stocking …   Wiktionary

  • openwork — /oh peuhn werrk /, n. any kind of work, esp. ornamental, as of embroidery, lace, metal, stone, or wood, having a latticelike nature or showing openings through its substance. [1590 1600; OPEN + WORK] * * * …   Universalium

  • openwork — noun Any of several forms of metalwork or needlework having decorative openings …   Wiktionary

  • openwork — o|pen|work [ oupən,wɜrk ] noun uncount something such as cloth, wood, or metal that is decorated with a pattern of holes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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