tool·​mak·​ing | \ ˈtül-ˌmā-kiŋ How to pronounce toolmaking (audio) \

Definition of toolmaking

: the action, process, or art of making tools also : the trade of a toolmaker

Examples of toolmaking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the mainland, archaeologists researching Paleoindians often search for cave shelters and debris from stone toolmaking. Ross Andersen, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 Their visit to the site was evidently brief and purposeful, however; there are no traces of habitation, toolmaking or any other activities. Jennifer Raff, Scientific American, 1 May 2021 Because this region is critical to complex speech, long thought necessary for advanced toolmaking, the findings suggest these early members of our genus didn’t possess particularly modern humanlike brains, the researchers report today in Science. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, 8 Apr. 2021 Such as toolmaking, said Parr, and having different personalities and emotions and being capable of affection. Doug George,, 6 Apr. 2021 The insatiable demand for bicycles spawned other industries—ball bearings, wire for spokes, steel tubing, precision toolmaking—that would shape the manufacturing world long after the bicycle was relegated to the toy department. National Geographic, 17 June 2020 Members learn from one another, pass down traditions — a navigation route, a toolmaking skill, even a parrot’s dialect — in a way that was once thought to be fundamentally human. Alexandra Horowitz, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2020 If toolmaking was more of an unstudied crapshoot, scientists would expect tools of all kinds to be made with all three of these families of stone. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 5 Feb. 2020 Blobs of pitch imprinted with human teeth marks have been found at ancient toolmaking sites, where archaeologists surmise the pitch was chewed to soften before use. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of toolmaking

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Toolmaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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