Work vs. Energy

Main Difference

The work and energy are closely associated terms in physics due to which it sometimes get hard to differentiate between them. The work is the process in which energy transfer takes place, and the objects travel in the direction of the force applied. On the other hand, energy is the ability of the body through which one can do the work. Moreover, the energy can neither be created nor be destroyed.

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Difference Between Work and Energy

Work vs. Energy

Work is the distance traveled by the object in the direction of the force applied, whereas the energy acts as the force and it refers the ability of the object to produce or create work.

Work vs. Energy

The energy is the older term as Aristotle introduced it in 4th century BC. Contrary to this, the work is the modern term in the physics, which was introduced in 1826 by the French mathematician.

Work vs. Energy

Work has no types; it is the product of the force and the distance covered by the object. Conversely, energy has dozens of types; out of them, some are heat, light, nuclear energy, electrical energy and the chemical energy.

Work vs. Energy

The process of work done takes place after the energy is transferred. The potential energy is transferred into the kinetic energy for the work to be done.

Worknoun

Employment.

Energynoun

The impetus behind all motion and all activity.

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Worknoun

Labour, occupation, job.

My work involves a lot of travel.

Energynoun

The capacity to do work.

Worknoun

The place where one is employed.

He hasn’t come home yet, he’s still at work.

Energynoun

(physics) A quantity that denotes the ability to do work and is measured in a unit dimensioned in mass × distance²/time² (ML²/T²) or the equivalent.

Worknoun

One's employer

Energynoun

An intangible, modifiable force (often characterized as either 'positive' or 'negative') believed in some New Age religions to emanate from a person, place or thing and which is (or can be) preserved and transferred in human interactions; shared mood or group habit; a vibe, a feeling, an impression. aura.}}

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Worknoun

Effort.

Energynoun

A measure of how many actions a player or unit can take; in the fantasy genre often called magic points or mana.

action points

Worknoun

Effort expended on a particular task.

Holding a brick over your head is hard work. It takes a lot of work to write a dictionary.

Energynoun

(physics) the capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of energy are joules or ergs;

energy can take a wide variety of forms

Worknoun

Sustained human effort to overcome obstacles and achieve a result.

We know what we must do. Let's go to work.

Energynoun

an exertion of force;

he plays tennis with great energy

Worknoun

Something on which effort is expended.

There's lots of work waiting for me at the office.

Energynoun

enterprising or ambitious drive;

Europeans often laugh at American energy

Worknoun

(physics) A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance. No work is done if the object does not move.

Work is done against friction to drag a bag along the ground.

Energynoun

an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing);

his writing conveys great energy

Worknoun

A measure of energy that is usefully extracted from a process.

Energynoun

a healthy capacity for vigorous activity;

jogging works off my excess energyhe seemed full of vim and vigor

Worknoun

Sustained effort to achieve a goal or result, especially overcoming obstacles.

We don't have much time. Let's get to work piling up those sandbags.

Energynoun

the federal department responsible for maintaining a national energy policy of the United States; created in 1977

Worknoun

(heading) Product; the result of effort.

Worknoun

The result of a particular manner of production.

There's a lot of guesswork involved.

Worknoun

Something produced using the specified material or tool.

We've got some paperwork to do before we can get started. The piece was decorated with intricate filigree work.

Worknoun

(countable) A literary, artistic, or intellectual production.

It is a work of art.the poetic works of Alexander Pope

Worknoun

(countable) A fortification.

William the Conqueror fortified many castles, throwing up new ramparts, bastions and all manner of works.

Worknoun

The staging of events to appear as real.

Worknoun

(mining) Ore before it is dressed.

Worknoun

The equipment needed to inject a drug (syringes, needles, swabs etc.)

Tell me you're using clean works at least.

Workverb

(intransitive) To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers.

He’s working in a bar.

Workverb

Followed by in (or at, etc.) Said of one's workplace (building), or one's department, or one's trade (sphere of business).

I work in a national parkshe works in the human resources departmenthe mostly works in logging, but sometimes works in carpentry

Workverb

Followed by as. Said of one's job title

I work as a cleaner.

Workverb

Followed by for. Said of a company or individual who employs.

she works for Microsofthe works for the president

Workverb

Followed by with. General use, said of either fellow employees or instruments or clients.

I work closely with my Canadian counterpartsyou work with computersshe works with the homeless people from the suburbs

Workverb

(transitive) To effect by gradual degrees.

he worked his way through the crowdthe dye worked its way throughusing some tweezers, she worked the bee sting out of her hand

Workverb

(transitive) To embroider with thread.

Workverb

(transitive) To set into action.

He worked the levers.

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to ferment.

Workverb

(intransitive) To ferment.

Workverb

(transitive) To exhaust, by working.

The mine was worked until the last scrap of ore had been extracted.

Workverb

(transitive) To shape, form, or improve a material.

He used pliers to work the wire into shape.

Workverb

(transitive) To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality.

she works the night clubsthe salesman works the Midwestthis artist works mostly in acrylics

Workverb

(transitive) To operate in or through; as, to work the phones.

Workverb

(transitive) To provoke or excite; to influence.

The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy.

Workverb

(transitive) To use or manipulate to one’s advantage.

She knows how to work the system.

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.

I cannot work a miracle.

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to work.

He is working his servants hard.

Workverb

(intransitive) To function correctly; to act as intended; to achieve the goal designed for.

he pointed at the car and asked, "Does it work"?;he looked at the bottle of pain pills, wondering if they would work;my plan didn’t work

Workverb

To influence.

They worked on her to join the group.

Workverb

(intransitive) To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth.

Workverb

(intransitive) To move in an agitated manner.

His fingers worked with tension.A ship works in a heavy sea.

Workverb

(intransitive) To behave in a certain way when handled

this dough does not work easily;the soft metal works well

Workverb

To cause (someone) to feel (something); to do unto somebody (something, whether good or bad).

Workverb

To hurt; to ache.

Worknoun

activity directed toward making or doing something;

she checked several points needing further work

Worknoun

a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing;

it is not regarded as one of his more memorable worksthe symphony was hailed as an ingenious workhe was indebted to the pioneering work of John Deweythe work of an active imaginationerosion is the work of wind or water over time

Worknoun

the occupation for which you are paid;

he is looking for employmenta lot of people are out of work

Worknoun

applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading);

mastering a second language requires a lot of workno schools offer graduate study in interior design

Worknoun

the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it);

he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvrePicasso's work can be divided into periods

Worknoun

a place where work is done;

he arrived at work early today

Worknoun

(physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force;

work equals force times distance

Workverb

exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity;

I will work hard to improve my gradesshe worked hard for better living conditions for the poor

Workverb

be employed;

Is your husband working again?My wife never workedDo you want to work after the age of 60?She never did any work because she inherited a lot of moneyShe works as a waitress to put herself through college

Workverb

have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected;

The voting process doesn't work as well as people thoughtHow does your idea work in practice?This method doesn't workThe breaks of my new car act quicklyThe medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water

Workverb

perform as expected when applied;

The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged inDoes this old car still run well?This old radio doesn't work anymore

Workverb

shape, form, or improve a material;

work stone into toolsprocess ironwork the metal

Workverb

give a work-out to;

Some parents exercise their infantsMy personal trainer works me hardwork one's muscles

Workverb

proceed along a path;

work one's way through the crowdmake one's way into the forest

Workverb

operate in a certain place, area, or specialty;

She works the night clubsThe salesman works the MidwestThis artist works mostly in acrylics

Workverb

proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity;

work your way through every problem or taskShe was working on her second martini when the guests arrivedStart from the bottom and work towards the top

Workverb

move in an agitated manner;

His fingers worked with tension

Workverb

cause to happen or to occur as a consequence;

I cannot work a miraclewreak havocbring commentsplay a jokeThe rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area

Workverb

cause to work;

he is working his servants hard

Workverb

prepare for crops;

Work the soilcultivate the land

Workverb

behave in a certain way when handled;

This dough does not work easilyThe soft metal works well

Workverb

have and exert influence or effect;

The artist's work influenced the young painterShe worked on her friends to support the political candidate

Workverb

operate in or through;

Work the phones

Workverb

cause to operate or function;

This pilot works the controlsCan you work an electric drill?

Workverb

provoke or excite;

The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy

Workverb

gratify and charm, usually in order to influence;

the political candidate worked the crowds

Workverb

make something, usually for a specific function;

She molded the riceballs carefullyForm cylinders from the doughshape a figureWork the metal into a sword

Workverb

move into or onto;

work the raisins into the doughthe student worked a few jokes into his presentationwork the body onto the flatbed truck

Workverb

make uniform;

knead doughwork the clay until it is soft

Workverb

use or manipulate to one's advantage;

He exploit the new taxation systemShe knows how to work the systemhe works his parents for sympathy

Workverb

find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of;

did you solve the problem?Work out your problems with the bossthis unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself outdid you get it?Did you get my meaning?He could not work the math problem

Workverb

cause to undergo fermentation;

We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol contentThe vintner worked the wine in big oak vats

Workverb

go sour or spoil;

The milk has souredThe wine workedThe cream has turned--we have to throw it out

Workverb

arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion;

The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times

Comparison Chart

WorkEnergy
The force applied to the object makes it move in the direction of the force.The ability to produce or create work.
Name Source
In the field of physics it was introduced by the French mathematician Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis back in 1826.Aristotle used this term back in 4th century BC. Derived from Greek work ‘energia’.
Types
NoElectrical energy, chemical energy, heat, nuclear energy and many other.

What is Work?

The work is the compact process in the field of physics under which the energy conversion takes place, and the energy applied to the object leads the work done after it travels in the direction of the energy applied. In a layman’s dictionary, the chores like reading and thinking are even the work, but this doesn’t stand stable on the work’s definition provided by the physics. The work done is the product of the force applied to the object and the distance it has covered in the direction of the force. It will be compulsory to mention here that if the energy conversion is taking place or the force is applied to the object, and still no distance is covered by the object then no work is done. Force (converted energy) and distance traveled in the direction of the force are the necessary elements of the work done. At the same time, the concept of energy conversion stands along with it as the energy conversion works as the required force on the object. The work is a scalar quantity that means it doesn’t require direction for its representation. In other words, we can say that the final product we get by multiplying the force applied and the distance traveled is the joules, and it has nothing to with the concept of the direction requirement for the representation. The term ‘work’ in the field of physics was introduced by the French mathematician Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis back in 1826.

Example of Work

Work Done

Our walking is one of the simplest examples of the work done, where the stored energy (mechanical energy) gets converted into the kinetic energy and makes it resistance to the ground, which results in pushing ourselves forward and leaving the ground behind. In this process, the certain force by the body is applied and the traveling of the body in the direction of the force is also seen.

Work Not Done

If we spend our time pushing the wall and it doesn’t move a single inch then it means no work is done regardless the mighty force applied on it. Hence, the concept of the distance covered in the direction of the force is one of the main essences of the work done.

What is Energy?

Energy is the ability to work; it comes in the dozens of forms and generally whenever the work is done an energy conversion is a compulsory act of that time. The term energy is closely associated with the concept of the work done as it works as the force in work, which is a necessary element in work. The energy can neither be created and nor be destroyed it keeps on changing from one form to the other. The conversion of the energy leads to the process of work done; especially the kinetic energy which lets the object travel in the specific direction. As we know that energy comes in different forms namely electrical energy, chemical energy, heat, nuclear energy; mainly all these are classified either as the potential and kinetic energy or the renewable or non-renewable energy (by the energy sources). Like work, energy is also the scalar quantity and has Joule as its SI unit. The term energy is said to be derived from the Greek word ‘energia,’ which means activity or operation. Aristotle is recognized as the one introducing this term back in the 4th century BC.

Example of Energy

For instance, we took the meal, which comprises of the chemical energy. Further, the chemical energy gets stored in the form of potential energy and when this energy is capitalized the potential energy gets converted into the kinetic energy.