[ too-ling ]
/ ˈtu lɪŋ /


work done with a tool or tools; tooled ornamentation, as on wood, stone, or leather.
  1. a number of tools, as in a particular factory.
  2. the planning and arrangement of tools for a particular manufacturing process.

Origin of tooling

First recorded in 1665–75; tool + -ing1

Definition for tooling (2 of 2)

Origin of tool

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English tōl; cognate with Old Norse tōl tools; akin to taw2


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 forms

tool·er, nountool·less, adjectivemul·ti·tool, nounun·tooled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tooling (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtuːlɪŋ) /


any decorative work done with a tool, esp a design stamped onto a book cover, piece of leatherwork, etc
the selection, provision, and setting up of tools, esp for a machining operation

British Dictionary definitions for tooling (2 of 2)


/ (tuːl) /



Derived Forms

tooler, 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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