World English Dictionary
tool (tuːl)
1.  a.  an implement, such as a hammer, saw, or spade, that is used by hand
 b.  a power-driven instrument; machine tool
 c.  (in combination): a toolkit
2.  the cutting part of such an instrument
3.  a.  any of the instruments used by a bookbinder to impress a design on a book cover
 b.  a design so impressed
4.  anything used as a means of performing an operation or achieving an end: he used his boss's absence as a tool for gaining influence
5.  a person used to perform dishonourable or unpleasant tasks for another
6.  a necessary medium for or adjunct to one's profession: numbers are the tools of the mathematician's trade
7.  slang another word for penis
8.  (Brit) an underworld slang word for gun
vb (often foll by up) (when intr, often foll by along)
9.  to work, cut, shape, or form (something) with a tool or tools
10.  (tr) to decorate (a book cover) with a bookbinder's tool
11.  to furnish with tools
12.  to drive (a vehicle) or (of a vehicle) to be driven, esp in a leisurely or casual style
[Old English tōl; related to Old Norse tōl weapon, Old English tawian to prepare; see taw²]

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