hand tool

Definitions of hand tool

n a tool used with workers' hands

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a pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching small holes
bevel, bevel square
a hand tool consisting of two rules that are hinged together so you can draw or measure angles of any size
bodkin, threader
a blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops
a small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabric
crank, starter
a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
dibber, dibble
a wooden hand tool with a pointed end; used to make holes in the ground for planting seeds or bulbs
a steel hand tool with small sharp teeth on some or all of its surfaces; used for smoothing wood or metal
float, plasterer's float
a hand tool with a flat face used for smoothing and finishing the surface of plaster or cement or stucco
graver, graving tool, pointel, pointrel
a tool used by an engraver
a tool for gutting fish
a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking
hand shovel
a shovel that is operated by hand
marlinespike, marlingspike, marlinspike
a pointed iron hand tool that is used to separate strands of a rope or cable (as in splicing)
miter box, mitre box
hand tool for guiding handsaws in making crosscuts or miter joints
a hand tool used for opening sealed containers (bottles or cans)
a hand tool with a flat blade used by potters for mixing and shaping clay
a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material
pair of pincers, pair of tweezers, pincer, tweezer
a hand tool for holding consisting of a compound lever for grasping
pipe cutter
a hand tool for cutting pipe
a long-handled hand tool with sharp widely spaced prongs for lifting and pitching hay
carpenter's plane, plane, woodworking plane
a carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood
pair of pliers, pliers, plyers
a gripping hand tool with two hinged arms and (usually) serrated jaws
auger, plumber's snake
a long flexible steel coil for dislodging stoppages in curved pipes
plumber's helper, plunger
hand tool consisting of a stick with a rubber suction cup at one end; used to clean clogged drains
a hooked hand tool used to prepare the seams of a boat for oakum
a tool that throws out a blast of steam laden with sand; used to clean or grind hard surfaces
hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
any of various hand tools for scraping
a hand tool for driving screws; has a tip that fits into the head of a screw
a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle
soldering iron
a hand tool with a heatable tip; used to melt and apply solder
a hand tool with a thin flexible blade used to mix or spread soft substances
a hand tool for spreading something
a hand tool consisting of two straight arms at right angles; used to construct or test right angles
hand tool consisting of a flat rigid rectangular bar (metal or wood) that can be used to draw straight lines (or test their straightness)
tire iron, tire tool
hand tool consisting of a lever that is used to force the casing of a pneumatic tire onto a steel wheel
a small hand tool with a handle and flat metal blade; used for scooping or spreading plaster or similar materials
weed-whacker, weeder
a hand tool for removing weeds
wire stripper
a hand tool used by electricians to remove insulation from the cut end of an insulated wire
spanner, wrench
a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt
adjustable spanner, adjustable wrench
can be changed to different settings
Allen wrench
a wrench for Allen screws
alligator wrench
a wrench with a v-shaped jaw and serrations on one side (resembles the open jaws of an alligator)
ball-peen hammer
a hammer with one round and one flat end; used in working metal
beading plane
a plane with a concave blade for making moulding with beadwork
bill, billhook
a long-handled saw with a curved blade
block plane
a small plane used on end grains of wood
blunt file
a file with parallel edges
bottle opener
an opener for removing caps or corks from bottles
box end wrench, box wrench
a wrench with a closed loop (a socket) that fits over a nut or bolt head
brace wrench
a wrench shaped like a brace (has a handle shaped like a crank) and a socket head
bradawl, pricker
an awl for making small holes for brads or small screws
bricklayer's hammer
a hammer used in laying bricks
brick trowel, mason's trowel
a trowel used in masonry
a saw that is set in a frame in the shape of an H; used with both hands to cut wood that is held in a sawbuck
bulldog wrench
a wrench designed to provide a firm grip on something
bullnose, bullnosed plane
a small carpenter's plane with the cutting edge near the front
can opener, tin opener
a device for cutting cans open
carpenter's hammer, claw hammer, clawhammer
a hammer with a cleft at one end for pulling nails
carpenter's square
a steel square used by carpenters; larger than a try square
carriage wrench
a wrench designed for use with carriage bolts
chamfer plane
a plane that makes a beveled edge
circular plane, compass plane
a plane with a flexible face that can plane concave or convex surfaces
coal shovel
a hand shovel for shoveling coal
combination plane
a woodworking plane that has interchangeable cutters of various shapes
crank handle, starting handle
crank used to start an engine
crown saw
a saw having teeth around the edge of a hollow cylinder
dog wrench
a wrench with a handle shaped like a crank
dovetail plane
a woodworking plane designed to make the grooves for dovetail joints
entrenching tool, trenching spade
a hand shovel carried by infantrymen for digging trenches
flat file
a file with two flat surfaces
flat tip screwdriver
a screwdriver with a flat wedge-shaped tip that fits into a slot in the head of a screw
folding saw
a saw with a toothed blade that folds into a handle (the way a pocketknife folds)
fore plane
a carpenter's plane intermediate between a jack plane and a jointer plane
garden trowel
a trowel used by gardeners
hack saw, hacksaw, metal saw
saw used with one hand for cutting metal
carpenter's saw, hand saw, handsaw
a saw used with one hand for cutting wood
hook spanner, hook wrench
a wrench with a hook that fits over a nut or bolt head
ice pick, icepick
pick consisting of a steel rod with a sharp point; used for breaking up blocks of ice
jack plane
a carpenter's plane for rough finishing
jointer, jointer plane, jointing plane, long plane
a long carpenter's plane used to shape the edges of boards so they will fit together
opener consisting of a string that can be passed through a hole in a door for raising the latch from outside
locking pliers
pliers that can be locked in place
lug wrench
a wrench with jaws that have projecting lugs to engage the object that is to be rotated
beetle, mallet
a tool resembling a hammer but with a large head (usually wooden); used to drive wedges or ram down paving stones or for crushing or beating or flattening or smoothing
match plane, tonguing and grooving plane
a plane having cutters designed to make the tongues and grooves on the edges of matchboards
maul, sledge, sledgehammer
a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges
a small flat file for shaping the nails
needlenose pliers
small pliers with long thin jaws for fine work
open-end wrench, tappet wrench
a wrench having parallel jaws at fixed separation (often on both ends of the handle)
openside plane, rabbet plane
a woodworking plane designed to cut rabbets
palette knife
a spatula used by artists for mixing or applying or scraping off oil paints
Phillips screwdriver
a screwdriver for use with Phillips screws
pin wrench
a wrench that has a projecting pin that fits into a socket on the object to be turned
plastering trowel
a trowel used to spread and smooth plaster
percussor, plessor, plexor
(medicine) a small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes
pointing trowel
a trowel used to fill and finish masonry joints with mortar or cement
post-hole digger, posthole digger
a shovel used to sink postholes
pump-type pliers
a type of pliers
putty knife
a spatula used to mix or apply putty
rasp, wood file
a coarse file with sharp pointed projections
rat-tail file
a thin round file shaped like the tail of a rat
rib joint pliers
a type of pliers
roach clip, roach holder
metal tweezers used by marijuana smokers to hold a roach
round file
a file with a circular cross section; used to file the inside of holes
router plane
a woodworking plane with a narrow cutting head that will make grooves with smooth bottoms
scauper, scorper
a graver used to scoop out broad areas when engraving wood or metal
scoop, scoop shovel
the shovel or bucket of a dredge or backhoe
screw key
a wrench for turning a screw
scratch awl, scribe, scriber
a sharp-pointed awl for marking wood or metal to be cut
scrub plane
a narrow woodworking plane used to cut away excess stock
a spatula for spreading paint or ink
a trowel used to make a surface slick
slip-joint pliers
pliers with a joint adjustable to two positions in order to increase the opening of the jaws
smooth plane, smoothing plane
a small plane for finish work
socket wrench
a wrench with a handle onto which sockets of different sizes can be fitted
a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot
sparkplug wrench
a wrench for removing or tightening spark plugs into the cylinder head of an internal combustion engine
ratchet screwdriver, spiral ratchet screwdriver
a screwdriver with a ratchet (so the blade turns in only one direction) and a spiral in the handle (so the blade rotates) with downward pressure on the handle
a small plane that has a handle on each side of its blade; used for shaping or smoothing cylindrical wooden surfaces (originally wheel spokes)
spud, stump spud
a sharp hand shovel for digging out roots and weeds
tack hammer
a light hammer that is used to drive tacks
taper file
a file with converging edges
tap wrench
a wrench for turning a tap to create an internal screw thread
pick consisting of a small strip of wood or plastic; used to pick food from between the teeth
torque wrench
a wrench that has a gauge that indicates the amount of torque being applied
try square
a square having a metal ruler set at right angles to another straight piece
a square used by draftsmen to draw parallel lines
lumberman's saw, two-handed saw, two-man saw, whipsaw
a saw with handles at both ends; intended for use by two people
Type of:
an implement used in the practice of a vocation

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