tool

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.

Definitions of tool
  1. noun
    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
    bender
    a tool for bending
    clincher
    a tool used to clinch nails or bolts or rivets
    comb
    any of several tools for straightening fibers
    cutting implement
    a tool used for cutting or slicing
    drill
    a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
    eolith
    a crude stone artifact (as a chipped flint); possibly the earliest tools
    fork
    an agricultural tool used for lifting or digging; has a handle and metal prongs
    gang
    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
    hack
    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
    hoe
    a tool with a flat blade attached at right angles to a long handle
    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
    neolith
    a stone tool from the Neolithic Age
    paleolith
    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
    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
    rounder
    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
    strickle
    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.)
    tap
    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
    awl
    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
    bit
    the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press
    blade
    the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge
    bodkin, threader
    a blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops
    bodkin
    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
    burr
    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
    die
    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
    edger
    garden tool for cutting grass around the edges of a yard
    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
    garden rake
    a rake used by gardeners
    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
    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
    hayfork
    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
    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
    paper cutter
    a cutting implement for cutting sheets of paper to the desired size
    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
    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
    rammer
    a tool for driving something with force
    ravehook
    a hooked hand tool used to prepare the seams of a boat for oakum
    reamer
    a drill that is used to shape or enlarge holes
    router
    a power tool with a shaped cutter; used in carpentry for cutting grooves
    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
    Dutch hoe, scuffle, scuffle hoe
    a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling
    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
    stamper, stamping machine
    a power tool that stamps
    steel-wool pad
    abrader consisting of a pad of steel wool used for polishing or smoothing
    stemmer
    a miner's tamping bar for ramming packing in over a blasting charge
    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
    trepan
    a drill for cutting circular holes around a center
    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
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    implement
    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
  2. noun
    the means whereby some act is accomplished
    “science has given us new tools to fight disease”
    synonyms: instrument
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    agency, means, way
    how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
  3. noun
    a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
    synonyms: creature, puppet
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    slave
    a person who is owned by someone
  4. verb
    work with a tool
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    process, work, work on
    shape, form, or improve a material
  5. verb
    furnish with tools
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  6. verb
    drive
    “The convertible tooled down the street”
    Synonyms:
    joyride, tool around
    ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it
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    drive
    operate or control a vehicle
  7. verb
    ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it
    “We tooled down the street”
    synonyms: joyride, tool around
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    ride
    be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
  8. noun
    obscene terms for penis
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    penis
    the male organ of copulation (`member' is a euphemism)
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