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Work can mean different things depending on how the word is used.
- When used in a sentence as an action, work means doing something that requires labor.
- When used in a sentence as an object, work means something that remains to be done.
- A worker is any person that does work, often in exchange for money or helpful services (these workers that receive money or helpful services are said to be "holding a job").
- In science, mechanical work is done when a force is applied to an object and a resulting movement takes place against some resistance to the movement. An equation for the total amount of work produced from a force is Work = force x distance. As a result of the work the object will have gained energy, either as heat, a change in its velocity or a change in its position in space. If something can do a lot of work in a short time it is said to be powerful. Doing the same amount of work over a longer time will transfer the same amount of energy but will require less power.
- The phrase "work ethic" is used to explain how hard a person works, and what his or her attitude towards work is.
- A piece of art (or pieces of art) may be referred to as a "work" (or as "works"); This is a "work" from the studio of Rodin, for example, or the "works" of the Romantic poets.
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