tool

[tool]
noun
1.
an implement, especially one held in the hand, as a hammer, saw, or file, for performing or facilitating mechanical operations.
2.
any instrument of manual operation.
3.
the cutting or machining part of a lathe, planer, drill, or similar machine.
4.
the machine itself; a machine tool.
5.
anything used as a means of accomplishing a task or purpose: Education is a tool for success.
6.
a person manipulated by another for the latter's own ends; cat's-paw.
7.
the design or ornament impressed upon the cover of a book.
8.
Underworld Slang.
a.
a pistol or gun.
b.
a pickpocket.
9.
Slang: Vulgar. penis.
verb (used with object)
10.
to work or shape with a tool.
11.
to work decoratively with a hand tool.
12.
to ornament (the cover of a book) with a bookbinder's tool.
13.
to drive (a vehicle): He tooled the car along the treacherous path.
14.
to equip with tools or machinery.
verb (used without object)
15.
to work with a tool.
16.
to drive or ride in a vehicle: tooling along the freeway.
Verb phrases
17.
tool up, to install machinery designed for performing a particular job: manufacturers tooling up for production.

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

tooler, noun
toolless, adjective
multitool, noun
untooled, adjective


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.
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tool (tuːl)
 
n
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]
 
'tooler
 
n
 
'tool-less
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

tool
O.E. tol "instrument, implement," from P.Gmc. *tolan (cf. O.N. tol), from a verb stem represented by O.E. tawian "prepare." The ending is the instrumental suffix -l (e.g. shovel). Fig. sense of "person used by another for his own ends" is recorded from 1663. Slang meaning
"penis" first recorded 1553. The verb "to drive a vehicle" is first attested 1812, probably from the noun. The meaning "to work or shape with a tool" is recorded from 1815; that of "equip (a factory) with machine tools" is from 1927. Tool-box first recorded 1832.
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TOOLS definition


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Example sentences
Our tools froze until the hands that gripped them were scarred as if by red-hot
  spits.
Except for weapons, ornaments, tools and suchlike personal possessions there
  was a sort of patriarchal communism in the tribe.
But the answer is that with few tools and many tasks to do much fudging is in
  fact necessary.
Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
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