A whole wall of tools.
A hammer, paintbrush, computer and wrench are each an example of a tool.
- any implement, instrument, or utensil held in the hand and used to form, shape, fasten, add to, take away from, or otherwise change something by cutting, hitting, digging, rubbing, etc.: knives, saws, hammers, shovels, rakes, etc. are tools
- any similar instrument that is the working part of a power-driven machine, as a drill, band-saw blade, etc.
- the whole machine; machine tool
- anything that serves in the manner of a tool; a means: books are a scholar's tools
- a person used to accomplish another's purposes, esp. when these are illegal or unethical; dupe; stooge
- Slang the penis: somewhat vulgar
- Law any instrument or device necessary to one's profession or occupationin full tools of one's trade
Origin of toolMiddle English toole from Old English tol, akin to Old Norse tol from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form deu- from source taw
- to form, shape, or work with a tool
- to provide tools or machinery for (a factory, industry, etc.): often with up
- to drive (a vehicle)
- to convey (a person) in a vehicle
- to impress letters or designs on (leather, a book cover, etc.) with special tools
- to use a tool or tools
- to get or install the tools, equipment, etc. needed: often with up
- Informal to ride in or drive a vehicle, often, specif., in a leisurely or careless manner: often with around or about
- A device, such as a saw, shovel, or drill, used to perform or facilitate manual or mechanical work.
- a. A machine, such as a lathe, used to cut and shape machine parts or other objects.b. The cutting part of such a machine.
- Something regarded as necessary to the carrying out of one's occupation or profession: Words are the tools of our trade.
- Something used in the performance of an operation; an instrument: “Modern democracies have the fiscal and monetary tools … to end chronic slumps and galloping inflations” ( Paul A. Samuelson )
- Vulgar Slang The penis.
- A person used to carry out the designs of another; a dupe.
- a. A bookbinder's hand stamp.b. A design impressed on a book cover by such a stamp.
- Computers A utility program.
verbtooled, tool·ing, tools
- To form, work, or decorate with a tool.
- To ornament (a book cover) with a bookbinder's tool.
- Slang To drive (a vehicle): tooled the car at 80 miles an hour.
- To work with a tool.
- Slang To drive or ride in a vehicle: tooled up and down the roads.
Origin of toolMiddle English from Old English tōl possibly from Old Norse
- A mechanical device intended to make a task easier.
- Hand me that tool, would you? I don't have the right tools to start fiddling around with the engine.
- Equipment used in a profession, e.g., tools of the trade.
- These are the tools of the trade.
- Something to perform an operation; an instrument; a means.
- (computing) A piece of software used to develop software or hardware, or to perform low-level operations.
- The software engineer had been developing lots of EDA tools. a tool for recovering deleted files from a disk
- A person or group which is used or controlled, usually unwittingly, by another person or group.
- He was a tool, no more than a pawn to her.
- (slang) Penis.
- (by extension, slang, pejorative) An obnoxious or uptight person.
- He won't sell us tickets because it's 3:01, and they went off sale at 3. That guy's such a tool.
(third-person singular simple present tools, present participle tooling, simple past and past participle tooled)
- To work on or shape with tools, e.g., hand-tooled leather.
- To equip with tools.
- To work very hard.
- (slang) To put down another person (possibly in a subtle, hidden way), and in that way to use him or her to meet a goal.
- Dude, he's not your friend. He's just tooling you.
- (volleyball) To intentionally attack the ball so that it deflects off a blocker out of bounds.
- (UK, slang, dated) To drive (a coach, etc.)
From Middle English tool, from Old English tÅl (“tool, implement, instrument", literally “that with which one prepares something"), from Proto-Germanic *tÅlÄ… (“tool"), from Proto-Indo-European *dewÇ- (“to tie to, secure"), equivalent to taw (“to prepare") +"Ž -le (agent suffix). Cognate with Scots tuil (“tool, implement, instrument, device"), Icelandic tÃ³l (“tool"), Faroese tÃ³l (“tool, instrument"). Related to Old English tÄwian (“to make, prepare, or cultivate"); see taw, and tow ("fibres used for spinning").
tool - Computer Definition
(1) A program used for software development or system maintenance. Virtually any program or utility that helps programmers or users develop applications or maintain their computers can be called a tool. Examples of programming tools are compilers, interpreters, assemblers, 4GLs, editors, debuggers and application generators. See toolkit.
(2) A program that helps the user analyze or search for data. For example, query and report programs are often called query tools and report tools.
(3) An on-screen function in a graphics program; for example, a line draw, circle draw or brush tool.
(4) A software control panel for setting user preferences. See tools menu.
(5) Sometimes, people will call any software a "tool." For example, the phrase, "there aren't any tools to do that job" means that no application is available to perform the required processing.