[ tool ]
/ tul /
an implement, especially one held in the hand, as a hammer, saw, or file, for performing or facilitating mechanical operations.
any instrument of manual operation.
the cutting or machining part of a lathe, planer, drill, or similar machine.
the machine itself; a machine tool.
anything used as a means of accomplishing a task or purpose: Education is a tool for success.
a person manipulated by another for the latter's own ends; cat's-paw.
the design or ornament impressed upon the cover of a book.
- a pistol or gun.
- a pickpocket.
Slang: Vulgar. penis.
verb (used with object)
to work or shape with a tool.
to work decoratively with a hand tool.
to ornament (the cover of a book) with a bookbinder's tool.
to drive (a vehicle): He tooled the car along the treacherous path.
to equip with tools or machinery.
verb (used without object)
to work with a tool.
to drive or ride in a vehicle: tooling along the freeway.
tool up, to install machinery designed for performing a particular job: manufacturers tooling up for production.
Words nearby tool
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM tooltool·er, nountool·less, adjectivemul·ti·tool, nounun·tooled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for multitool
British Dictionary definitions for multitool (1 of 2)
/ (ˈmʌltɪˌtuːl) /
a device that contains various tools attached to a single handle
British Dictionary definitions for multitool (2 of 2)
/ (tuːl) /
- an implement, such as a hammer, saw, or spade, that is used by hand
- a power-driven instrument; machine tool
- (in combination)a toolkit
the cutting part of such an instrument
- any of the instruments used by a bookbinder to impress a design on a book cover
- a design so impressed
anything used as a means of performing an operation or achieving an endhe used his boss's absence as a tool for gaining influence
to work, cut, shape, or form (something) with a tool or tools
(tr) to decorate (a book cover) with a bookbinder's tool
(tr often foll by up) to furnish with tools
(when intr, often foll by along) to drive (a vehicle) or (of a vehicle) to be driven, esp in a leisurely or casual style
Derived forms of tooltooler, 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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