tool·​mak·​er | \ ˈtül-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce toolmaker (audio) \

Definition of toolmaker

: one (such as a person or company) that makes tools specifically : a machinist who specializes in the construction, repair, maintenance, and calibration of the tools, jigs, fixtures, and instruments of a machine shop

Examples of toolmaker in a Sentence

The company is a leading toolmaker.
Recent Examples on the Web In a 2001 interview, Dr. Ernst described himself as a toolmaker. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Prickett loves fixing things; her father was a toolmaker who made pieces for machines. Alison Bowen,, 24 Nov. 2020 While making a hand ax basically involves improving an existing rock’s shape, making blades and points means the toolmaker must have begun by first visualizing the ideal shape of such a tool, then reworking the rock to serve that purpose. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Oct. 2020 Yet so far, researchers have only found a single human finger bone dating to 88,000 years to prove modern humans, rather than some other hominin toolmaker, lived there. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, 17 Sep. 2020 Starmer was born in 1962 in south London to a nurse and a toolmaker. Olivia Konotey-ahulu,, 10 May 2020 His Italian immigrant father, Agostino, was a toolmaker; his mother, Maria (Zasa) Coppola, was a homemaker. Daniel J. Wakin, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2020 When Mount Toba erupted on the Indonesian island of Sumatra some 74,000 years ago, ash fell like snow on the Indian subcontinent, including on human toolmakers who had shaped stone flakes into sharp cutting instruments. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, 25 Feb. 2020 His Italian immigrant father, Agostino, was a toolmaker; his mother, Maria (Zasa) Coppola, was a homemaker. Daniel J. Wakin,, 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of toolmaker

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Toolmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of toolmaker

: a person or company that makes tools


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