Meaning of TOOL in English


[tool] n [ME, fr. OE tol; akin to OE tawian to prepare for use--more at taw] (bef. 12c) 1 a: a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task b (1): the cutting or shaping part in a machine or machine tool (2): a machine for shaping metal: machine tool

2. a: something (as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession "a scholar's books are his ~s" b: a means to an end "a book's cover can be a marketing ~" c: penis--often considered vulgar

3: one that is used or manipulated by another

4. pl: natural ability "has all the ~s" syn see implement

[2]tool vt (1812) 1 a: to cause (a vehicle) to go: drive b: to convey in a vehicle

2: to shape, form, or finish with a tool; esp: to letter or ornament (as leather or gold) by means of hand tools

3: to equip (as a plant or industry) with tools, machines, and instruments for production ~ vi 1: drive, ride

2: to equip a plant or industry with the means (as machines, machine tools, and instruments) of production--often used with up [3]tool n (1881): a design (as on the binding of a book) made by tooling

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