IN FOCLÓIR GAEILGE—BÉARLA
oibrigh, v.t. & i. Work. 1. Engage in bodily or mental work. (a)Oibriú i ngort, ag feirmeoir, do chomhlacht, to work in a field, with a farmer, for a company. Oibriú le céachta, go dícheallach, in aisce, to work with a plough, diligently, for nothing. (b)Sé lá na seachtaine a oibriú, to work a six-day week. Do lá a oibriú, to do one’s day’s work. (c)Do bhealach, do phasáiste, a oibriú, to work one’s way, one’s passage. 2. (a) Prepare for use. Talamh a oibriú, to work land. Talamh oibrithe, worked, arable, land. (b) Extract material from. Mianach, cairéal, a oibriú, to work a mine, a quarry. (c) Process. Miotal a oibriú, to work metal. (d) Cause to operate. Caidéal a oibriú, to work a pump. (e) Execute. Gréas a oibriú in éadach, to work a design on cloth. (f) Put to use. Do neart a oibriú ar rud, to use one’s strength on sth. Cumhacht a oibriú, to wield power. Focal a oibriú, to apply a word. ~ an scian air, use the knife on it. 3. Act, operate, function, have effect. (a)Tá an t-inneall, an clog, ag oibriú, the machine, the clock, is working. Ag oibriú le leictreachas, working by electricity. Oibríonn an gléas sin uaidh féin, that appliance works automatically. (b)Tá an scéim ag oibriú, the scheme is working. Níor ~ an cleas, the trick didn’t work. (c)Tá an phurgóid ag oibriú, the purgative is taking effect. Níl na duáin ag oibriú aige, his kidneys are not functioning. Sin mar a oibríonn an aicíd sin, that is how that disease takes effect. 4. Stir up, agitate; exercise; ferment. (a)Duine a oibriú, to work up, excite, s.o. Bhí sé oibrithe go mór, he was extremely agitated. D’ ~ an fharraige, the sea began to seethe. (b)~ anonn is anall é, work it back and forth. Bhí an míol mór á oibriú féin, the whale was thrashing about. Tá a bhéal ag oibriú, his mouth is twitching. Ná bí ag oibriú do mhéar mar sin, don’t twiddle your fingers like that. (c)Tá an giosta ag oibriú, the yeast is fermenting. Tá rud éigin ag oibriú ina intinn, there is something stirring in his mind. 5. Work to exhaustion. Oibreoidh sé thú an t-ualach sin a iompar, it will give you enough to do to carry that load. 6. Rud a oibriú amach, to work out sth.