workings Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “workings” in the English Dictionary

"workings" in British English

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workingsnoun [plural]

uk   /ˈwɜː.kɪŋz/  us   /ˈwɝː-/

workings noun [plural] (UNDER GROUND)

the ​system of ​holes that has been ​dug in the ​ground in ​order to ​removemetal, ​coal, etc.: disused mine workings
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workings noun [plural] (CALCULATIONS)

the ​calculations you do in ​order to ​reach an ​answer to a ​mathematicalproblem: Lay out ​numericalsolutionsclearly, ​spacing out each ​stage and showingyour workings.

workings noun [plural] (OPERATION)

the workings of sth the way that an ​organization, ​machine, or ​organismoperates: the workings of ​government I don't ​know anything about the workings of other ​departments or about the ​organization as a ​whole.
(Definition of workings from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"workings" in American English

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workingsplural noun

 us   /ˈwɜr·kɪŋz/
the way something, such as an ​organization or ​machine, does what it is ​intended to do: Powerful ​microscopesreveal the ​inner workings of ​cells.
(Definition of workings from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “workings”
in Chinese (Simplified) 地下, (金属矿、煤矿等的)巷道,矿坑…
in Chinese (Traditional) 地下, (金屬礦、煤礦等的)巷道,礦坑…
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