tool·​box | \ ˈtül-ˌbäks How to pronounce toolbox (audio) \

Definition of toolbox

: a chest for tools

Examples of toolbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the 3s off-target throughout, the Jazz dug into their increasingly deep toolbox and threw a bit of everything else at the problem. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Monstrous defensive stretch carries Utah Jazz to 112-94 win, their 7th straight victory," 14 Feb. 2021 Penn asked Turpeau to share which tools couples should always have in their relationship toolbox. Essence, "ESSENCE Wellness House: How To Be More Intentional About Your Marriage," 29 Jan. 2021 Along with mask-wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene, ensuring clean indoor air is an important piece of the pandemic-fighting toolbox — but the one that’s been paid the least amount of attention, experts say. Annie Vainshtein,, "Why CO2 monitors may be part of the solution to reopening indoor spaces safely," 5 Jan. 2021 Democrats, though, are working to reform House rules in an effort to take that tool out of the Republicans’ toolbox. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "House Democrats face obstacles governing with slim majority," 20 Dec. 2020 In New Mexico, medical examiners recently enhanced CT scans of a large toolbox filled with concrete to locate bullet fragments and the partial remains of a human body inside the box, gaining new insight into a crime. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "Augmented Reality Offers a Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies," 30 Sep. 2020 Such self-trust is among the most essential traits in a critic’s toolbox. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "A ‘Wicked’ Challenge and Other Tough Questions for Ben Brantley," 3 Nov. 2020 Its illustrations show a removable range extender that sits in the bed of a truck and looks like a toolbox. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Ford F-150 Electric Pickup May Get Newly Patented Range Extender in Its Bed," 6 Oct. 2020 Think of the screen as a toolbox and all of the apps, shows, and videos as the tools themselves. Colleen Russo Johnson, Popular Science, "These methods will make screen time more enriching for your kids," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of toolbox

1832, in the meaning defined above

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3 Mar 2021

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“Toolbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of toolbox

: a box for storing or carrying tools


tool·​box | \ ˈtül-ˌbäks How to pronounce toolbox (audio) \

Kids Definition of toolbox

: a box for storing or carrying tools

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