tool·​mak·​ing ˈtül-ˌmā-kiŋ How to pronounce toolmaking (audio)
: 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 Based on a new analysis of stone toolmaking, two researchers are arguing that the ability is relatively recent, dating to just 600,000 years ago. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 18 June 2024 The researchers use a number of examples: the toolmaking done by our primate relatives, asking unskilled humans to make a stone tool, and random chipping of rocks. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 18 June 2024 But big brains require a lot of cooling, and so developing a robust cooling system was important to advancing other skills, such as toolmaking. Jeff Goodell, Time, 6 July 2023 And so, too, are the tools from the cave, which were made using the Mousterian toolmaking techniques that the European Neanderthals shared amongst themselves. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2023 The innovations included more complex stone toolmaking, communal care of children, control of fire, and the creation of meaning-laden materials. Agustín Fuentes, Discover Magazine, 10 July 2018 Now that their advanced toolmaking abilities are so well-documented, the traditional theory that the Neanderthals disappeared due to our own species’ technological superiority doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 20 Feb. 2023 That said, whether the language of the Neanderthal was necessary to make and manipulate these tools or not, studies do demonstrate a shared neurological basis for toolmaking and speech. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2023 Potts stresses that Africa was dynamic place during the long era of human evolution, and adaptability—like that afforded by stone toolmaking—was key to survival. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toolmaking was in 1848

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“Toolmaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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