hand tool

Definitions of hand tool
  1. noun
    a tool used with workers' hands
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    awl
    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
    bodkin
    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
    file
    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
    gutter
    a tool for gutting fish
    hammer
    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
    opener
    a hand tool used for opening sealed containers (bottles or cans)
    pallet
    a hand tool with a flat blade used by potters for mixing and shaping clay
    pestle
    a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
    pick
    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
    pitchfork
    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
    ravehook
    a hooked hand tool used to prepare the seams of a boat for oakum
    sandblaster
    a tool that throws out a blast of steam laden with sand; used to clean or grind hard surfaces
    saw
    hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
    scraper
    any of various hand tools for scraping
    screwdriver
    a hand tool for driving screws; has a tip that fits into the head of a screw
    shovel
    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
    spatula
    a hand tool with a thin flexible blade used to mix or spread soft substances
    spreader
    a hand tool for spreading something
    square
    a hand tool consisting of two straight arms at right angles; used to construct or test right angles
    straightedge
    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
    trowel
    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
    bucksaw
    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
    latchstring
    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
    nailfile
    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
    slice
    a spatula for spreading paint or ink
    slick
    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
    spade
    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
    spokeshave
    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
    toothpick
    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
    T-square
    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
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    tool
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
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