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tool

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noun \ˈtül\

Definition of tool

  1. 1a :  a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a taskb (1) :  the cutting or shaping part in a machine or machine tool (2) :  a machine for shaping metal :  machine tool

  2. 2a :  something (such as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession <a scholar's books are his tools>b :  an element of a computer program (such as a graphics application) that activates and controls a particular function <a drawing tool>c :  a means to an end <a book's cover can be a marketing tool>d slang, vulgar :  penis

  3. 3a :  one who is used or manipulated by another <And then there was former trainer Pfeil, viewed as another tool of management for his gruff ways. — Sam Smith>b informal :  a foolish or unlikable person :  jerk <Before you compete on a reality TV show, you basically sign away your right to protect yourself from looking like a total tool in front of an international viewing audience. — Steve Tilley>

  4. 4 tools plural :  natural ability <has all the tools to be a great pitcher>

Origin and Etymology of tool

Middle English, from Old English tōl; akin to Old English tawian to prepare for use — more at taw


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of tool

implement, tool, instrument, appliance, utensil mean a relatively simple device for performing work. implement may apply to anything necessary to perform a task <crude stone implements> <farm implements>. tool suggests an implement adapted to facilitate a definite kind or stage of work and suggests the need of skill more strongly than implement <a carpenter's tools>. instrument suggests a device capable of delicate or precise work <the dentist's instruments>. appliance refers to a tool or instrument utilizing a power source and suggests portability or temporary attachment <household appliances>. utensil applies to a device used in domestic work or some routine unskilled activity <kitchen utensils>.

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tool

verb

Definition of tool

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cause (a vehicle) to go :  driveb :  to convey in a vehicle

  3. 2 :  to shape, form, or finish with a tool; especially :  to letter or ornament (something, such as leather or gold) by means of hand tools

  4. 3 :  to equip (a factory, an industry, etc.) with tools, machines, and instruments for production

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  drive, ride

  7. 2 :  to equip a plant or industry with the means (such as machines, machine tools, and instruments) of production —often used with up

Examples of tool in a sentence

  1. We tooled along the highway.

  2. He tooled a design on the leather belt.

  3. a belt made of tooled leather

1812

First Known Use of tool

1812


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tool

noun

Definition of tool

  1. :  a design (as on the binding of a book) made by tooling

1881

First Known Use of tool

1881



TOOL Defined for English Language Learners


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tool

verb

Definition of tool for English Language Learners

  • : to drive or ride in a vehicle

  • : to shape, form, or finish (something) with a tool


TOOL Defined for Kids

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tool

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noun \ˈtül\

Definition of tool for Students

  1. 1 :  an instrument (as a saw, file, knife, or wrench) used or worked by hand or machine to perform a task

  2. 2 :  something that helps to gain an end <“… the dictionary is the finest tool ever made for educating young minds …” — Andrew Clements, Frindle>

  3. 3 :  a person used by another :  dupe


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tool

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verb

Definition of tool for Students

tooled

tooling

  1. 1 :  to drive or ride in a vehicle

  2. 2 :  to shape, form, or finish with a tool

  3. 3 :  to equip a plant or industry with machines and tools for production



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