- The definition of a tool is a device with a specific purpose.
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: Middle 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
- to ride or drive in a vehicle
- tooler noun
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- A device, such as a saw, 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 A 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.
- Computer Science An application program, often one that creates, manipulates, modifies, or analyzes other programs.
- 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: Middle English, from Old English tōl, possibly from Old Norse.
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.
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