Meaning of TOOL in English


I. ˈtül noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tōl; akin to Old English tawian to prepare for use — more at taw

Date: before 12th century


a. : a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task


(1) : the cutting or shaping part in a machine or machine tool

(2) : a machine for shaping metal : machine tool


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 tool s

b. : an element of a computer program (as a graphics application) that activates and controls a particular function

a drawing tool

c. : a means to an end

a book's cover can be a marketing tool

d. often vulgar : penis

3. : one that is used or manipulated by another

4. plural : natural ability

has all the tool s to be a great pitcher

Synonyms: see implement

II. verb

Date: 1812

transitive verb


a. : to cause (a vehicle) to go : drive

b. : to convey in a vehicle

2. : to shape, form, or finish with a tool ; especially : 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

intransitive verb

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

III. noun

Date: 1881

: a design (as on the binding of a book) made by tooling

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.