outwork

outwork, outworking
These terms refer to the employment of individual workers by firms outside the firm workplace-usually in workers' own homes. The employer supplies materials (and possibly machinery) and workers are paid on a piece-rate basis. It commonly involves light assembly work. See also homework.

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  • outwork — out‧work [ˈaʊtwɜːk ǁ wɜːrk] noun [uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES work which is done for a business by people working at home: • Workers engaged in domestic outwork or subcontracting will secure none of the benefits. outworker noun [countable] * * * …   Financial and business terms

  • Outwork — Out*work , v. t. To exceed in working; to work more or faster than. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Outwork — Out work , n. (Fort.) A minor defense constructed beyond the main body of a work, as a ravelin, lunette, hornwork, etc. Wilhelm. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • outwork — [out′wʉrk΄; ] for v. [ out΄wʉrk′] n. Mil. a lesser trench or fortification built out beyond the main defenses vt. outworked, outworking 1. to work better, faster, or harder than 2. to work out to completion …   English World dictionary

  • Outwork — An outwork is a minor defense, fortification, built or established outside the principal fortification limits, detached or semidetached. Outworks were developed in the 16th century, such as ravelins, lunettes (demilunes), caponiers to shield… …   Wikipedia

  • outwork — UK [ˈaʊtˌwɜː(r)k] / US [ˈaʊtˌwɜrk] noun [uncountable] Word forms outwork : singular outwork plural outworks business work done for a company by someone in their own home Derived word: outworker noun countable Word forms outworker : singular… …   English dictionary

  • outwork — I. transitive verb Date: 13th century 1. work out, complete 2. to work harder, faster, or better than II. noun Date: circa 1615 a minor defensive position constructed outside a fortified area …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • outwork — outworker, n. v. /owt werrk /; n. /owt werrk /, v.t., outworked or outwrought, outworking, n. v.t. 1. to work harder, better, or faster than. 2. to work out or carry on to a conclusion; finish: a problem to be outworked in after generations. 3.… …   Universalium

  • outwork — 1. verb a) To work out to a finish; to complete. For now three dayes of men were full outwrought, / Since he this hardie enterprize began [...]. b) To work faster or harder than. 2 …   Wiktionary

  • outwork — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. work harder than, work better than, outperform, improve upon; see defeat 1 , work 1 …   English dictionary for students

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