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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "How bicycles transformed our world," 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, "Checking In on the Culture of Macaws, Sperm Whales and Chimpanzees," 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, "Our Ancient Ancestors Were Pretty Excellent Engineers," 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, "DNA from Stone Age ‘chewing gum’ tells an incredible story," 17 Dec. 2019 Composite toolmaking is indicative of considerable technological know-how, and the bladelets at PP13B are among the oldest examples of it. Curtis W. Marean, Scientific American, "When the Sea Saved Humanity," 1 Nov. 2012 Regardless of species, the toolmaking behavior is learned: Young monkeys spend years mastering the technique, and not all troops partake. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "A Primer to Our Planet of Monkeys," 12 June 2019 Somehow, African and Indian hominins were developing the same toolmaking skills at roughly the same time. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Ancient tools found in India undermine the “out of Africa” hypothesis," 31 Jan. 2018 Many mental abilities once regarded as uniquely human — toolmaking, problem-solving, sophisticated communication, self-awareness — turn out to be far more widespread among animals than previously thought. Ferris Jabr, New York Times, "To Unlock the Brain’s Mysteries, Purée It," 14 Dec. 2017

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Toolmaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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