A tool is an instrument that you use to help you accomplish some task. If you are going to build a bookcase, you'll need the proper tools, like a saw, a drill, and a tape measure.

A tool is also something that you use to perform the duties of a certain profession. The tools of a kindergarten teacher's trade include construction paper, glue sticks, and safety scissors. As a verb, tool can mean to drive aimlessly just for fun, the way you might tool around town in your convertible on a beautiful summer day.

Primary Meanings of tool

an implement used in the practice of a vocation
work with a tool
obscene terms for penis
Full Definitions of tool

n an implement used in the practice of a vocation

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abradant, abrader
a tool or machine used for wearing down or smoothing or polishing
a tool for bending
a tool used to clinch nails or bolts or rivets
any of several tools for straightening fibers
cutting implement
a tool used for cutting or slicing
a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
a crude stone artifact (as a chipped flint); possibly the earliest tools
an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs
tool consisting of a combination of implements arranged to work together
garden tool, lawn tool
used for working in gardens or yards
grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron
a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil
hand tool
a tool used with workers' hands
a tool with a flat blade attached at right angles to a long handle
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 stone tool from the Neolithic Age
a stone tool from the Paleolithic age
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
plough, plow
a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing
power tool
a tool driven by a motor
punch, puncher
a tool for making holes or indentations
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 tool for rounding corners or edges
saw set
a tool used to bend each alternate sawtooth at a slight angle outward
shaping tool
a tool for shaping metal
a tool used in a foundry to shape a mold in sand
style, stylus
a pointed tool for writing or drawing or engraving
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
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
abrading stone
a primitive stone artifact (usually made of sandstone) used as an abrader
auger, gimlet, screw auger, wimble
hand tool for boring holes
a pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching small holes
battering ram
a ram used to break down doors of fortified buildings
bevel, bevel square
a hand tool consisting of two rules that are hinged together so you can draw or measure angles of any size
the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press
the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge
bodkin, threader
a blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops
a small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabric
bore bit, borer, rock drill, stone drill
a drill for penetrating rock
brace and bit
a drill consisting of a bit and a brace to hold and turn it
breast drill
a portable drill with a plate that is pressed against the chest to force the drill point into the work
buffer, polisher
a power tool used to buff surfaces
bull tongue
a heavy plow with a single wide blade; used chiefly in cotton fields
bumper jack
a jack for lifting a motor vehicle by the bumper
rotary file for smoothing rough edges left on a workpiece
center punch
a tool with a conical point that is used to make indentations in metal (especially to mark points for drilling)
core drill
a drill that removes a cylindrical core from the drill hole
crampon, crampoon
a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
crank, starter
a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
croupier's rake
a small rake used by a croupier to move chips around on the table
cutlery, cutter, cutting tool
a cutting implement; a tool for cutting
burr drill, dentist's drill
a high speed drill that dentists use to cut into teeth
dibber, dibble
a wooden hand tool with a pointed end; used to make holes in the ground for planting seeds or bulbs
a device used for shaping metal
drum sander, electric sander, sander, smoother
a power tool used for sanding wood; an endless loop of sandpaper is moved at high speed by an electric motor
garden tool for cutting grass around the edges of a yard
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
garden rake
a rake used by gardeners
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
hammer, power hammer
a power tool for drilling rocks
hand drill, handheld drill
a small portable drill held and operated by hand
hand shovel
a shovel that is operated by hand
hatchel, heckle
a comb for separating flax fibers
a long-handled fork for turning or lifting hay
hedge trimmer
a garden tool for trimming hedges
jackscrew, screw jack
screw-operated jack
lawn mower, mower
garden tool for mowing grass on lawns
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
moldboard plow, mouldboard plough
plow that has a moldboard
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
paper cutter
a cutting implement for cutting sheets of paper to the desired size
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
plane, planer, planing machine
a power tool 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
power drill
a power tool for drilling holes into hard materials
power saw, saw, sawing machine
a power tool for cutting wood
punch pliers
punch consisting of pliers for perforating paper or leather
a tool for driving something with force
a hooked hand tool used to prepare the seams of a boat for oakum
a drill that is used to shape or enlarge holes
a power tool with a shaped cutter; used in carpentry for cutting grooves
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
Dutch hoe, scuffle, scuffle hoe
a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling
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
stamper, stamping machine
a power tool that stamps
steel-wool pad
abrader consisting of a pad of steel wool used for polishing or smoothing
a miner's tamping bar for ramming packing in over a blasting charge
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 drill for cutting circular holes around a center
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
Type of:
instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

n the means whereby some act is accomplished

“science has given us new tools to fight disease”
Type of:
agency, means, way
how a result is obtained or an end is achieved

n a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else

creature, puppet
Type of:
a person who is owned by someone

v work with a tool

Type of:
process, work, work on
shape, form, or improve a material

v furnish with tools

Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v drive

“The convertible tooled down the street”
joyride, tool around
ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it
Type of:
operate or control a vehicle

v ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it

“We tooled down the street”
joyride, tool around
Type of:
be carried or travel on or in a vehicle

n obscene terms for penis

Type of:
the male organ of copulation (`member' is a euphemism)

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