Apply the noun implement when you want to use a fancy word for "tool." A knife and fork are implements for handling food.

The noun implement is a very useful word for just about anything you want to describe as a tool or a thing that helps you do something. An implement can be as simple as chimpanzees using a stick to eat ants with or a bulldozer that moves huge amounts of earth in building. The word relates to something that "fills up" a house, as in all sorts of things that allow a house to work properly.

Primary Meanings of implement

instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design
ensure observance of laws and rules
Full Definitions of implement

n instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

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a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon
an implement for beating
an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
buff, buffer
an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
an implement with a small cup at the end of a handle; used to extinguish the flame of a candle
cleaning device, cleaning equipment, cleaning implement
any of a large class of implements used for cleaning
an implement used to erase something
fire iron
metal fireside implements
an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing
a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
branding iron, iron
implement used to brand live stock
leather strip
implement consisting of a strip of leather
a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)
an implement used to propel or steer a boat
a long thin implement made of metal or wood
any implement that is used to make something (an edge or a point) sharper
a cone-shaped implement with a handle; for extinguishing candles
fishgig, fizgig, gig, lance, spear
an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
sports implement
an implement used in a sport
an implement consisting of a length of wood
a long thin implement resembling a length of wood
an implement used for stirring
a tool or rod used to level off grain or other granular material that is heaped in a measure
implement consisting of a small piece of cotton that is used to apply medication or cleanse a wound or obtain a specimen of a secretion
flyswat, flyswatter, swatter
an implement with a flat part (of mesh or plastic) and a long handle; used to kill insects
an implement used in the practice of a vocation
tuning fork
a metal implement with two prongs that gives a fixed tone when struck; used to tune musical instruments
an implement for practical use (especially in a household)
writing implement
an implement that is used to write
abradant, abrader
a tool or machine used for wearing down or smoothing or polishing
baton, wand
a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
a hollow cylinder passed from runner to runner in a relay race
a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette
belaying pin
a wood or metal bar to which a rope can be secured (as on a ship or in mountain climbing)
a tool for bending
blackboard eraser
an eraser that removes chalk marks from blackboard
boat hook
pole-handled hook used to pull or push boats
bolt, deadbolt
the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key
a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech
a cylindrical brush on a thin shaft that is used to clean bottles
a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments
bristle brush
a brush that is made with the short stiff hairs of an animal or plant
a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle
a hook for pulling a button through a buttonhole
carpenter's level
a straight bar of light metal with a spirit level in it
carpet beater, rug beater
implement for beating dust out of carpets
carpet sweeper, sweeper
a cleaning implement with revolving brushes that pick up dirt as the implement is pushed over a carpet
ceramic ware
utensils made from ceramic material
a piece of calcite or a similar substance, usually in the shape of a crayon, that is used to write or draw on blackboards or other flat surfaces
charcoal, fusain
a stick of black carbon material used for drawing
chinning bar
a horizontal bar on which you can chin yourself
cleaning pad
a pad used as a cleaning implement
a tool used to clinch nails or bolts or rivets
a brush used for cleaning clothing
stout stick that is larger at one end
any of several tools for straightening fibers
connecting rod
a rod that transmits motion (especially one that connects a rotating wheel to a reciprocating shaft)
control rod
a steel or aluminum rod that can be moved up or down to control the rate of the nuclear reaction
utensils made with copper
a bar of magnetic material (as soft iron) that passes through a coil and serves to increase the inductance of the coil
crayon, wax crayon
writing implement consisting of a colored stick of composition wax used for writing and drawing
crochet hook, crochet needle
a needle with a hook on the end; used in crocheting
a horizontal bar that goes across something
a small tool or hooklike implement
cue, cue stick, pool cue, pool stick
sports implement consisting of a tapering rod used to strike a cue ball in pool or billiards
cup hook
hook (usually on the underside of a shelf) for hanging cups
cutting implement
a tool used for cutting or slicing
a writing implement with a small toothed wheel that cuts small holes in a stencil
divining rod, dowser, dowsing rod, water finder, waterfinder
forked stick that is said to dip down to indicate underground water or oil
a strong metal bar bearing a hook to attach something to be pulled
a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
a stick used for playing a drum
dry point
a steel needle for engraving without acid on a bare copper plate
eggbeater, eggwhisk
a mixer for beating eggs or whipping cream
a crude stone artifact (as a chipped flint); possibly the earliest tools
coal tongs, fire tongs
tongs for taking hold of burning coals
a sharp barbed hook for catching fish
fishing pole, fishing rod
a rod of wood or steel or fiberglass that is used in fishing to extend the fishing line
an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs
a small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch
a conically shaped utensil having a narrow tube at the small end; used to channel the flow of substances into a container with a small mouth
an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish
tool consisting of a combination of implements arranged to work together
garden tool, lawn tool
used for working in gardens or yards
a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting
grab bar
a bar attached parallel to a wall to provide a handgrip for steadying yourself
grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron
a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
a revolving stone shaped like a disk; used to grind or sharpen or polish edge tools
a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil
a brush used to groom a person's hair
the shaped bar used to steer a bicycle
a metal bar (or length of pipe) used as a lever
hand tool
a tool used with workers' hands
a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
a bar used as a lever (as in twisting rope)
a tool with a flat blade attached at right angles to a long handle
hypodermic needle
a hollow needle
ink eraser
an eraser that removes ink marks
tool for exerting pressure or lifting
Jaws of Life
hydraulic tool inserted into a wrecked vehicle and used to pry the wreckage apart in order to provide access to people trapped inside
a swiveling metal rod attached to a bicycle or motorcycle or other two-wheeled vehicle; the rod lies horizontally when not in use but can be kicked into a vertical position as a support to hold the vehicle upright when it is not being ridden
kitchen utensil
a utensil used in preparing food
knitting needle
needle consisting of a slender rod with pointed ends; usually used in pairs
lash, thong
leather strip that forms the flexible part of a whip
a spear with three or more prongs; used for spearing fish (especially salmon)
a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
a stick about a meter long with a point on one end (to stick in the ground) and a forked head on the other end (to hold a lighted match); formerly used to fire cannons
a sports implement with a long handle and a head like a hammer; used in sports (polo or croquet) to hit a ball
a writing implement for making a mark
a short thin stick of wood used in making matches
mahlstick, maulstick
a long stick that a painter uses to support the hand holding the brush
meat hook
a strong pointed hook from which the carcasses of animals are hung
a brush used to clean a person's fingernails
a stone tool from the Neolithic Age
packing needle
a large needle used to sew up canvas packages
boat paddle, paddle
a short light oar used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat
a brush used as an applicator (to apply paint)
a stone tool from the Paleolithic age
a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood
pencil sharpener
a rotary implement for sharpening the point on pencils
muller, pestle, pounder
a heavy tool of stone or iron (usually with a flat base and a handle) that is used to grind and mix material (as grain or drugs or pigments) against a slab of stone
pipe cleaner
cleaning implement consisting of a flexible tufted wire that is used to clean a pipe stem
plough, plow
a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing
fire hook, poker, salamander, stove poker
fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire
a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting
power tool
a tool driven by a motor
cleaning implement consisting of an oily rag attached by a cord to a weight; is pulled through the barrel of a rifle or handgun to clean it
punch, puncher
a tool for making holes or indentations
racket, racquet
a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games
a horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal)
a long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to move leaves or loosen soil
a tool for driving or forcing something by impact
a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm
a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm
rotating shaft, shaft
a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
the revolving bar of a distributor
a tool for rounding corners or edges
pencil eraser, rubber, rubber eraser
an eraser made of rubber (or of a synthetic material with properties similar to rubber); commonly mounted at one end of a pencil
sable, sable brush, sable's hair pencil
an artist's brush made of sable hairs
saw set
a tool used to bend each alternate sawtooth at a slight angle outward
scrub brush, scrubber, scrubbing brush
a brush with short stiff bristles for heavy cleaning
each of a pair of short oars that are used by a single oarsman
a long oar that is mounted at the stern of a boat and moved left and right to propel the boat forward
utensil used in serving food or drink
sewing needle
a needle used in sewing to pull thread through cloth
a U-shaped bar; the open end can be passed through chain links and closed with a bar
a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
shaping tool
a tool for shaping metal
shaving brush
a brush used to apply lather prior to shaving
a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace
backsword, fencing stick, singlestick
a stick used instead of a sword for fencing
an implement for sketching
a hook that is imagined to be suspended from the sky
slice bar
iron bar used to loosen and rake clinkers out of furnaces
a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning
T-shaped cleaning implement with a rubber edge across the top; drawn across a surface to remove water (as in washing windows)
anti-sway bar, stabilizer bar
a rigid metal bar between the front suspensions and between the rear suspensions of cars and trucks; serves to stabilize the chassis
a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose
a rod that holds a stair-carpet in the angle between two steps
knife sharpener consisting of a ridged steel rod
a short straight stick of wood
an elongated leather strip (or a strip of similar material) for binding things together or holding something in position
a tool used in a foundry to shape a mold in sand
an implement for sharpening scythes
a leather strap used to sharpen razors
style, stylus
a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving
mop, swab, swob
cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors
sweep, sweep oar
a long oar used in an open boat
swizzle stick
a small stick used to stir mixed drinks
tamp, tamper, tamping bar
a tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.)
a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
a thin strip of leather; often used to lash things together
tie rod
either of two rods that link the steering gear to the front wheels
small brush; has long handle; used to clean teeth
towel bar, towel rail
a horizontal bar a few inches from a wall for holding towels
rail, rails, runway, track
a bar or pair of parallel bars of rolled steel making the railway along which railroad cars or other vehicles can roll
swage, upset
a tool used to thicken or spread metal (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging
walking stick
a stick carried in the hand for support in walking
a rod used by a magician or water diviner
Type of:
instrumentality, instrumentation
an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end

v apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design

implement a procedure”
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue

“He implemented a new economic plan”
carry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, put through
accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
put in effect
follow through or carry out a plan without deviation
Type of:
complete, finish
come or bring to a finish or an end

v ensure observance of laws and rules

apply, enforce
exempt, free, relieve
grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
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execute, run
carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine
carry out the legalities of
cause (a computer) to execute a single command
execute and deliver
Type of:
compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something