- 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 tools
The United States has tools to impose costs on the North Koreans.
Elsewhere on the Internet, and often, Turkers butt heads over which tools work best, or what nation they hail from.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild|Kevin Zawacki|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She began operating out of her home garage in 1980, slowly acquiring the many props and tools that would decorate her dungeon.
No, the tools used are just old fashioned, and the images produced are drawings, hardly a new invention.
After a while, you start to realize that they were just tools used by the leaders and the Politburo.Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Man is far superior in dealing with numbers and also with tools and mechanical things.Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
He refused to treat the matter lightly, but gathered up the tools with which he had been working.Boy Scouts in the North Sea|G. Harvey Ralphson
It is easy to build a palace with men and tools; it is difficult to build a log cabin with nothing but an ax.The Blazed Trail|Stewart Edward White
When the gold is pressed into the impressions of the tools with the pad of cotton-wool, they should be plainly visible through it.Bookbinding, and the Care of Books|Douglas Cockerell
He opened the lid, searched among some tools which lay in the receptacle beneath, and took out a chisel.The Dead Secret|Wilkie Collins
- 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.