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1tool

noun \ˈtül\

Definition of TOOL

1
a :  a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task
b (1) :  the cutting or shaping part in a machine or machine tool
(2) :  a machine for shaping metal :  machine tool
2
a :  something (as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession <a scholar's books are his tools>
b :  an element of a computer program (as a graphics application) that activates and controls a particular function <a drawing tool>
c :  a means to an end <a book's cover can be a marketing tool>
d often vulgar :  penis
3
:  one that is used or manipulated by another
4
plural :  natural ability <has all the tools to be a great pitcher>

Origin of TOOL

Middle English, from Old English tōl; akin to Old English tawian to prepare for use — more at taw
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of TOOL

implement, tool, instrument, appliance, utensil mean a relatively simple device for performing work. implement may apply to anything necessary to perform a task <crude stone implements> <farm implements>. tool suggests an implement adapted to facilitate a definite kind or stage of work and suggests the need of skill more strongly than implement <a carpenter's tools>. instrument suggests a device capable of delicate or precise work <the dentist's instruments>. appliance refers to a tool or instrument utilizing a power source and suggests portability or temporary attachment <household appliances>. utensil applies to a device used in domestic work or some routine unskilled activity <kitchen utensils>.

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

2tool

verb

: to drive or ride in a vehicle

: to shape, form, or finish (something) with a tool

Full Definition of TOOL

transitive verb
1
a :  to cause (a vehicle) to go :  drive
b :  to convey in a vehicle
2
:  to shape, form, or finish with a tool; especially :  to letter or ornament (as leather or gold) by means of hand tools
3
:  to equip (as a plant or industry) with tools, machines, and instruments for production
intransitive verb
1
:  drive, ride
2
:  to equip a plant or industry with the means (as machines, machine tools, and instruments) of production —often used with up

Examples of TOOL

  1. We tooled along the highway.
  2. He tooled a design on the leather belt.
  3. a belt made of tooled leather

First Known Use of TOOL

1812

Related to TOOL

3tool

noun

Definition of TOOL

:  a design (as on the binding of a book) made by tooling

First Known Use of TOOL

1881
TOOL Defined for Kids

1tool

noun \ˈtül\

Definition of TOOL for Kids

1
:  an instrument (as a saw, file, knife, or wrench) used or worked by hand or machine to perform a task
2
:  something that helps to gain an end <“… the dictionary is the finest tool ever made for educating young minds …” — Andrew Clements, Frindle>
3
:  a person used by another :  dupe

2tool

verb
tooledtool·ing

Definition of TOOL for Kids

1
:  to drive or ride in a vehicle
2
:  to shape, form, or finish with a tool
3
:  to equip a plant or industry with machines and tools for production
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