workings - definition and synonyms

noun [plural] 

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/ˈwɜː(r)kɪŋz/
  1. 1
    the workings of something such as a system, organization, or piece of equipment are the parts that control it or make it work

    the inner workings of a computer

    Can you explain the workings of the stock market to me?

  2. 2
    the parts of a mine where coal or another substance has been dug out of the ground