tool

noun (1)
\ ˈtül \

Definition of tool 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

2a : something (such 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 (such 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 slang, vulgar : penis

3a : one who is used or manipulated by another And then there was former trainer Pfeil, viewed as another tool of management for his gruff ways. —Sam Smith

b informal : a foolish or unlikable person : jerk Before you compete on a reality TV show, you basically sign away your right to protect yourself from looking like a total tool in front of an international viewing audience. —Steve Tilley

4 tools plural : natural ability has all the tools to be a great pitcher

tool

verb
tooled; tooling; tools

Definition of tool (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : drive, ride

2 : to equip a plant or industry with the means (such as machines, machine tools, and instruments) of production often used with up

transitive verb

1 : to shape, form, or finish with a tool especially : to letter or ornament (something, such as leather or gold) by means of hand tools

2a : to cause (a vehicle) to go : drive

b : to convey in a vehicle

3 : to equip (a factory, an industry, etc.) with tools, machines, and instruments for production

tool

noun (2)

Definition of tool (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms for tool

Synonyms: Verb

automobile, drive, motor

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Noun (1)

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

Examples of tool in a Sentence

Verb

We tooled along the highway. He tooled a design on the leather belt. a belt made of tooled leather
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History and Etymology for tool

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English tōl; akin to Old English tawian to prepare for use — more at taw

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tool

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tool

: to drive or ride in a vehicle

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

tool

noun
\ ˈtül \

Kids Definition of tool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

tool

verb
tooled; tooling

Kids Definition of tool (Entry 2 of 2)

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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