- a pistol or gun.
- a pickpocket.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- tooke, john horne,
- tool box,
- tool engineering,
- tool post,
- tool pusher,
- tool shed
Origin of tool
Examples from the Web for tool
He wasn't crazy about being fat, but he saw his body as a tool to use in the making of his career.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The spoon was a tool for foreshadowing,” the Facebook page explains.
This study uses the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which is really a tool that tracks crimes.College Girls Are Less Likely to Be Raped Than Non-Students|Brandy Zadrozny|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The Americans were a tool, used by the Safis in the Pech to rid them of their competition in the timber trade,” Zalwar Khan said.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And it was a radical part of your tool set, throwing it into a ballad, which was also a canonized jazz standard.
You must either made a tool of the creature, or a man of him.The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3), |John Ruskin
Intellect would be useless to a creature which could neither make nor use a tool.Creatures of the Abyss|Murray Leinster
The tool is not so likely to slip off and run in as when working with the grain.Handwork in Wood|William Noyes
Just then one of the millers put down his tool and listened.English Fairy Tales|Flora Annie Steel
The shape of tool t for boring is quite different from one used for outside turning, as shown by Fig. 36.Turning and Boring|Franklin D. Jones
- an implement, such as a hammer, saw, or spade, that is used by hand
- a power-driven instrument; machine tool
- (in combination)a toolkit
- any of the instruments used by a bookbinder to impress a design on a book cover
- a design so impressed
Word Origin for tool
Old English tol "instrument, implement," from Proto-Germanic *tolan (cf. Old Norse tol), from a verb stem represented by Old English tawian "prepare." The ending is the instrumental suffix -l (e.g. shovel). Figurative sense of "person used by another for his own ends" is recorded from 1660s. Slang meaning "penis" first recorded 1550s.
"to drive a vehicle," 1812, probably from tool (n.). The meaning "to work or shape with a tool" is recorded from 1815; that of "equip (a factory) with machine tools" is from 1927. Related: Tooled; tooling.