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tool

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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 (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
3 a :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

Origin and Etymology of tool

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

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


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tool

verb

Definition of tool

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
2 a :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

Examples of tool in a Sentence

  1. We tooled along the highway.

  2. He tooled a design on the leather belt.

  3. a belt made of tooled leather

tool Synonyms

Synonyms
automobile, motor, drive
Related Words
roll, wheel; joyride; chauffeur, hack, taxi; ride; drag, race

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tool

noun

Definition of tool

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


TOOL Defined for English Language Learners

tool

verb

Definition of tool for English Language Learners

  • : to drive or ride in a vehicle

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


TOOL Defined for Kids

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tool

play
noun \ ˈtül \

Definition of tool for Students

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

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tool

verb

Definition of tool for Students

tooled; tooling
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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