[ tool-bahr ]
/ ˈtulˌbɑr /

noun Computers.

a row or rows of buttons on a display screen that are clicked on to select various functions in a software application or web browser.

Nearby words

  1. tool shed,
  2. tool steel,
  3. tool subject,
  4. tool up,
  5. tool-maker,
  6. toolbox,
  7. tooled up,
  8. toolhead,
  9. toolholder,
  10. toolhouse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for toolbar


/ (ˈtuːlˌbɑː) /


a horizontal row or vertical column of selectable buttons displayed on a computer screen, allowing the user to select a variety of functions
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Word Origin and History for toolbar



1960 as a frame fitted to a tractor to hold tools; from tool (n.) + bar (n.1). Computer sense is attested from 1991.

Among 100-odd new features in Excel 3.0 is a row of "buttons" on the screen called the Toolbar. Located under the pull-down menus, the Toolbar provides rapid access to frequently used commands. ["Popular Science," April 1991.]
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