workings

noun
ADJECTIVE
inner, internal

the inner workings of a watch

the internal workings of Congress

day-to-day

the day-to-day workings of the legal system

complex, detailed, intricate
financial
VERB + WORKINGS
analyse/analyze, examine, explore, investigate, study
expose, lay bare, reveal
cast light on, shed light on

Their research aims to shed light on the workings of the human mind.

know
comprehend, understand

It is hard to understand the complex workings of the social security system.

explain

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • workings — noun (plural) 1 the way in which something works: I shall never understand the workings of his mind. 2 the parts of a mine that have been dug out …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • workings — noun a) The internal mechanism of some device b) A quarry or mine that is being (or has been) worked …   Wiktionary

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  • workings — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. innards, mechanism, parts; see insides , works 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • workings — n. mine; quarry work·ing || wÉœrkɪŋ / wɜː n. acting; mode of action; operation; activation; processing; solving; advance through great effort; fermenting adj. laboring; of work; useful, practical …   English contemporary dictionary

  • workings — [ˈwɜːkɪŋz] noun [plural] the parts of something such as a system, organization, or piece of equipment that control it or make it work …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • workings — noun 1. the internal mechanism of a device (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑works • Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form • Hypernyms: ↑mechanism 2. a mine or quarry that is being or has …   Useful english dictionary

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