Meaning of “workings” in the English Dictionary

"workings" in British English

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workingsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈwɜː.kɪŋz/ us /ˈwɝː.kɪŋz/

workings noun [ plural ] (UNDER GROUND)

the system of holes that has been dug in the ground in order to remove metal, coal, etc.:

disused mine workings

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workings noun [ plural ] (CALCULATIONS)

UK the calculations you do in order to reach an answer to a mathematical problem:

Lay out numerical solutions clearly, spacing out each stage and showing your workings.

workings noun [ plural ] (OPERATION)

the workings of sth

the way that an organization, machine, or organism operates:

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 microscopes reveal the inner workings of cells.

(Definition of “workings” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)