Origin of tool

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English tōl; cognate with Old Norse tōl tools; akin to taw2
SYNONYMS FOR tool
1 T ool , implement , instrument , utensil refer to contrivances for doing work. A tool is a contrivance held in and worked by the hand, for assisting the work of (especially) mechanics or laborers: a carpenter's tools. An implement is any tool or contrivance designed or used for a particular purpose: agricultural implements. An instrument is anything used in doing a certain work or producing a certain result, especially such as requires delicacy, accuracy, or precision: surgical or musical instruments. A utensil is especially an article for domestic use: kitchen utensils. When used figuratively of human agency, tool is generally used in a contemptuous sense; instrument , in a neutral or good sense: a tool of unscrupulous men; an instrument of Providence.
Related formstool·er, nountool·less, adjectivemul·ti·tool, nounun·tooled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for multitool

  • He rattled the grating, which was about half a meter square, then slipped his multitool out of his belt holster.

  • He flicked a multitool off his belt and extracted a short, sharp scalpel-blade.

    Makers|Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for multitool (1 of 2)

multitool

/ (ˈmʌltɪˌtuːl) /

noun

a device that contains various tools attached to a single handle

British Dictionary definitions for multitool (2 of 2)

tool

/ (tuːl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formstooler, nountool-less, adjective

Word Origin for tool

Old English tōl; related to Old Norse tōl weapon, Old English tawian to prepare; see taw ²
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