tool·​mak·​er ˈtül-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce toolmaker (audio)
: 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 And while the toolmakers are still honing their technologies, even more labs are hard at work deploying them in mouse research with specific questions and targets in mind. Popular Science, 10 Jan. 2024 An ongoing challenge facing the space industry is the shortage of toolmakers. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 After dropping out of school, Gambon gained an apprenticeship as a toolmaker with manufacturing giant Vickers Armstrong, became a qualified engineering technician and appeared set to follow his father’s footsteps. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Sep. 2023 Paul Horn GmbH, a precision toolmaker based in the southern German town of Tübingen, cut working hours for its roughly 1,000 local employees by between 20% and 60% in June following a roughly 50% drop in new orders in April and May, said Christian Thiele, a company spokesman. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2020 Some of its brands include storage solution firm ClosetMaid, lawn-and-garden toolmaker Ames, and garage doormaker Clopay, among others. Brett Owens, Forbes, 6 May 2023 This season’s players include a carpenter, toolmaker, ironworker, electrician and firefighter. Michael Schneider, Variety, 26 June 2023 The way a tool was made tells us about the individual's hand strength, for example, and maybe even the toolmaker's cognition and language skills. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2016 Created in 1984 by the electronics giant Philips and another toolmaker, Advanced Semiconductor Materials International, ASML became an independent company and by far the biggest supplier of chip-manufacturing equipment that involves a process called lithography. New York Times, 4 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toolmaker was in 1844

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“Toolmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


tool·​mak·​er -ˌmā-kər How to pronounce toolmaker (audio)
: one (as an animal or a human being) that makes tools
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