Nearby words

  1. toodle-oo,
  2. tooele,
  3. took,
  4. tooke,
  5. tooke, john horne,
  6. tool box,
  7. tool engineering,
  8. tool post,
  9. tool pusher,
  10. tool shed

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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British Dictionary definitions for tools

tool

noun

  1. an implement, such as a hammer, saw, or spade, that is used by hand
  2. a power-driven instrument; machine tool
  3. (in combination)a toolkit
the cutting part of such an instrument
  1. any of the instruments used by a bookbinder to impress a design on a book cover
  2. 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
a person used to perform dishonourable or unpleasant tasks for another
a necessary medium for or adjunct to one's professionnumbers are the tools of the mathematician's trade
slang another word for penis
British an underworld slang word for gun

verb

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 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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Word Origin and History for tools
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