Etymology
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works (n.)

Old English, "(someone's) deeds, acts, or actions, the things one has done in life," often especially "good deeds, acts of piety, demonstrations of virtue," plural of work (n.). Meaning "operations pertinent to maintaining a large physical place" (private, religious, or municipal) is from late 14c. Meaning "industrial place" (usually with qualifying adjective) is from late 15c. To be in the works in the extended sense of "in the process of being done or made" is by 1973.

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Definitions of works

works (n.)
buildings for carrying on industrial labor;
Synonyms: plant / industrial plant
works (n.)
everything available; usually preceded by `the';
a hotdog with the works
Synonyms: whole shebang / whole kit and caboodle / kit and caboodle / whole kit and boodle / kit and boodle / whole kit / whole caboodle / whole works / full treatment
works (n.)
performance of moral or religious acts;
the reward for good works
Synonyms: deeds
works (n.)
the internal mechanism of a device;
Synonyms: workings
From wordnet.princeton.edu