Meaning of TOOL in English


I. tool 1 S2 W2 /tuːl/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: tol ]

1 . something that you hold in your hand and use to do a particular job:

I don’t have the right tools to start fiddling around with the engine.

a shop selling garden tools

2 . a piece of equipment or a skill that is useful for doing your job:

Television is an important tool for the modern teacher.

These books are the tools of my trade (=the things I need to do my job) .

3 . someone who is used unfairly by another person and who has to do things they do not really want to do – used to show disapproval

tool of

The king was merely a tool of the military government.

4 . informal not polite a man’s ↑ penis (=sex organ)

⇨ down tools at ↑ down 2 (3)

II. tool 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]

American English informal to drive along a street, especially for fun:

He spent the afternoon tooling around town.

tool up phrasal verb

to prepare a factory for producing goods by providing the necessary tools and machinery

tool something ↔ up

The factory was tooled up to produce light weapons.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.