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. When referring to work in fabric, it likely to be embroidery with decorated holes either the embroidery technique or the embroidery itself in which holes are formed in a fabric by either cutting or pulling threads and then embellishing with various stitches. "Openwork" might also be used to refer to a quarry. The earliest known use of this term in English is 1598.

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  • 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

  • openwork — ► NOUN ▪ ornamental work in cloth, leather, etc. with regular patterns of openings and holes …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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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