implement

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

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nv
instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design
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v
ensure observance of laws and rules
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: implement
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n instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

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bar
a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon
beater
an implement for beating
brush
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)
candlesnuffer
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
eraser
an implement used to erase something
fire iron
metal fireside implements
flail
an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing
hook
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
needle
a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)
oar
an implement used to propel or steer a boat
rod
a long thin implement made of metal or wood
sharpener
any implement that is used to make something (an edge or a point) sharper
snuffer
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
spike
a long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal)
sports implement
an implement used in a sport
stick
an implement consisting of a length of wood
stick
a long thin implement resembling a length of wood
stirrer
an implement used for stirring
strickle
a tool or rod used to level off grain or other granular material that is heaped in a measure
swab
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
tool
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
utensil
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
baton
a hollow cylinder passed from runner to runner in a relay race
baton
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)
bender
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
bolt
a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech
bottlebrush
a cylindrical brush on a thin shaft that is used to clean bottles
bow
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
broom
a cleaning implement for sweeping; bundle of straws or twigs attached to a long handle
buttonhook
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
chalk
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
clincher
a tool used to clinch nails or bolts or rivets
clothesbrush
a brush used for cleaning clothing
club
stout stick that is larger at one end
comb
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
copperware
utensils made with copper
core
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
crossbar
a horizontal bar that goes across something
crotchet
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
cyclostyle
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
drawbar
a strong metal bar bearing a hook to attach something to be pulled
drill
a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
drumstick
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
eolith
a crude stone artifact (as a chipped flint); possibly the earliest tools
coal tongs, fire tongs
tongs for taking hold of burning coals
fishhook
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
fork
an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs
fret
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
funnel
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
gaff
an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish
gang
tool consisting of a combination of implements arranged to work together
garden tool, lawn tool
used for working in gardens or yards
gig
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
grindstone
a revolving stone shaped like a disk; used to grind or sharpen or polish edge tools
hack
a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil
hairbrush
a brush used to groom a person's hair
handlebar
the shaped bar used to steer a bicycle
handspike
a metal bar (or length of pipe) used as a lever
hand tool
a tool used with workers' hands
harpoon
a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
heaver
a bar used as a lever (as in twisting rope)
hoe
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
jack
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
kickstand
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
leister
a spear with three or more prongs; used for spearing fish (especially salmon)
lever
a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
linstock
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
mallet
a sports implement with a long handle and a head like a hammer; used in sports (polo or croquet) to hit a ball
marker
a writing implement for making a mark
matchstick
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
nailbrush
a brush used to clean a person's fingernails
neolith
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
paintbrush
a brush used as an applicator (to apply paint)
paleolith
a stone tool from the Paleolithic age
pen
a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
pencil
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
pole
a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
pole
a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting
power tool
a tool driven by a motor
pull-through
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
rail
a horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal)
rake
a long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to move leaves or loosen soil
ram
a tool for driving or forcing something by impact
ramrod
a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm
ramrod
a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm
rotating shaft, shaft
a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
rotor
the revolving bar of a distributor
rounder
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
scull
each of a pair of short oars that are used by a single oarsman
scull
a long oar that is mounted at the stern of a boat and moved left and right to propel the boat forward
server
utensil used in serving food or drink
sewing needle
a needle used in sewing to pull thread through cloth
shackle
a U-shaped bar; the open end can be passed through chain links and closed with a bar
shaft
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
shovel
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
sketcher
an implement for sketching
skyhook
a hook that is imagined to be suspended from the sky
slice bar
iron bar used to loosen and rake clinkers out of furnaces
spindle
a stick or pin used to twist the yarn in spinning
squeegee
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
staff
a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose
stair-rod
a rod that holds a stair-carpet in the angle between two steps
steel
knife sharpener consisting of a ridged steel rod
stob
a short straight stick of wood
strap
an elongated leather strip (or a strip of similar material) for binding things together or holding something in position
strickle
a tool used in a foundry to shape a mold in sand
strickle
an implement for sharpening scythes
strop
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.)
tap
a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
thong
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
toothbrush
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
wand
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”
Synonyms:
carry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, put through
accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
put in effect
Types:
adhere
follow through or carry out a plan without deviation
Type of:
complete, finish
come or bring to a finish or an end
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v ensure observance of laws and rules

Synonyms:
apply, enforce
Antonyms:
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
execute
carry out the legalities of
step
cause (a computer) to execute a single command
give
execute and deliver
Type of:
compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something
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