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 But in 2019, apartment owners have a high-tech tool in their toolbox to make sure everyone is following the rules. James Burky, The Denver Post, "From the lawn to the lab: Apartment complexes use DNA testing to keep bad dog owners in check," 7 Dec. 2019 If impeachment would become just another item in the partisan toolbox. NBC News, "Transcript: Trump is Impeached," 20 Dec. 2019 The bronze objects were found close to each other, and researchers think they were once held together in an organic container—perhaps a leather bag or wooden toolbox—that has since disintegrated. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Puzzling artifacts found at Europe's oldest battlefield," 16 Oct. 2019 Roll bars, netting across the doors and shoulder belts are standard, as are cupholders and lockable toolboxes under the seats. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Jeep-like ATV looks like a toy — but Mahindra means business," 31 Aug. 2019 Indeed, the city’s economic development toolbox is filled with opportunities for developers seeking to Go West. Pier Simeri, azcentral, "Destination Avondale: City hot spots continue to gain traction," 28 Aug. 2019 Google’s move to monetize its visual Discover feed in addition to traditional searches is a valuable new instrument in Google’s virtual toolbox. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Google May Know You Better Than You Know Yourself," 17 May 2019 To achieve everlasting fame, stars would go through the reverse, from being a household name to becoming a digitally reusable character, another tool in a filmmaker’s toolbox. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Irishman, Gemini Man, and the Rise of De-aging," 6 Dec. 2019 Building a chef's toolbox The yearly program pairs five chefs starting out in their careers with five skilled professionals in an effort to bridge the culinary industry's gender imbalance. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Who run the world? This Louisville culinary program proves it's female chefs," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of toolbox

1832, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2020

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“Toolbox.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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