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noun \ˈtül\

Definition of tool

  1. 1a :  a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a taskb (1) :  the cutting or shaping part in a machine or machine tool (2) :  a machine for shaping metal :  machine tool

  2. 2a :  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. 3 :  one that is used or manipulated by another

  4. 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>.

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Simple Definition of tool

  • : to drive or ride in a vehicle

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

Full Definition of tool

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to cause (a vehicle) to go :  driveb :  to convey in a vehicle

    2. 2 :  to shape, form, or finish with a tool; especially :  to letter or ornament (as leather or gold) by means of hand tools

    3. 3 :  to equip (as a plant or industry) with tools, machines, and instruments for production

    4. intransitive verb
    5. 1 :  drive, ride

    6. 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





    Definition of tool

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


    First Known Use of tool


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