Meaning of TOOL in English

TOOL

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a propaganda tool (= an organization or type of communication that is used to spread propaganda )

The newspaper had been turned into a propaganda tool.

a useful tool

The Internet is a useful tool for investors.

diagnostic tests/tools

Doctors depend on accurate diagnostic tools.

garden tools (= tools that you use for digging, planting etc in the garden )

Choose the right garden tool and you’ll do the job properly.

gardening gloves/tools/equipment etc

hand tool

machine tool

power tool

powerful tool (= very effective method )

Good teamwork is a powerful tool for effective management.

tool kit

I realized I’d left my tool kit at home.

tool shed

tool

Exercise is a valuable tool in treating depression.

tooled up

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

down tools

After their workmate was sacked, the other machinists all downed tools until she was reinstated.

not the sharpest tool in the box/shed

precision tool/instrument

A precision instrument whose chief virtues were useless to anyone in this age.

Basingstoke is noted for precision instruments.

Wildland fire is not a precision instrument.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a tool for cutting metal

a carpenter's tools

A good tool kit should contain pliers, screwdrivers, and wire-cutters.

All my gardening tools had been stolen from the shed.

Dance and aerobics classes are a useful tool for encouraging girls back to school P.E. lessons.

He couldn't finish repairing the engine because he didn't have the right tools.

He took a spanner from his tool box and tightened up the bolts on the gate.

Interest rates are one of the Finance Minister's main tools of economic policy.

Pictures of fleeing refugees were used as an effective propaganda tool against the Communists.

The Internet has been an effective tool for advertising.

The king was merely a tool of the military regime.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

At first, options were distrusted by many as risky, esoteric investment tools.

Inspection sites are dirty and may be cluttered with tools, materials, or debris.

The elements of a nutrition program plan provide the manager with the tools to anticipate results and conduct ongoing evaluation.

These plans were an invaluable tool which increased the accuracy and the efficiency of the project.

Using the computer environment as our tool we can process and reshape all kinds of information swiftly and perfectly.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

up

Get tooled up with baseball bats and go smash some windows in some club.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

not the sharpest tool in the box/shed

precision tool/instrument

A precision instrument whose chief virtues were useless to anyone in this age.

Basingstoke is noted for precision instruments.

Wildland fire is not a precision instrument.

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