tool meaning

[ tu:l ] Pronunciation:   "tool" in a sentence
Noun: tool  tool
  1. An implement used in the practice of a vocation 
  2. The means whereby some act is accomplished
    "science has given us new tools to fight disease"
    - instrument 
  3. A person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
    - creature, puppet 
  4. [vulgar] Obscene term for penis
Verb: tool  tool
  1. Drive
    "The convertible tooled down the street" 
  2. Ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it
    "We tooled down the street"
    - joyride, tool around 
  3. Furnish with tools 
  4. Work with a tool

Sounds like: tulle

Derived forms: tooled, tooling, tools

Type of: agency, drive, furnish, implement, means, member, penis, phallus, process, provide, render, ride, slave, supply, way, work, work on

Encyclopedia: Tool Tool, TX Tool, Texas

[American slang]
n. an earnest student.
• Of course he's a tool. See the plastic liner in his pocket?
• Martin is a tool, and he's proud of it.

[British slang]
Noun. 1. A penis, implying its supposed usefulness. [1200s]
2. An idiot, a contemptible person.

noun, verb

noun [C]



an instrument that you hold in your hand and use for making things, repairing things, etc:

a cutting tool

a tool kit

(= a set of tools in a box or bag)

power tools

(= using electricity)


a thing that helps you to do a job or to achieve sth:

research tools such as questionnaires

The Internet has become a powerful business tool.

Strategic planning is a critical tool for effective management.

These workshops are a great learning tool.

business/decision-making/management/marketing/sales tools

◆ an essential/a key/powerful/practical/useful tool


a computer program that performs a particular function:

The program comes with standard tools such as dictionary, spellchecker and thesaurus.

design/desktop publishing/interactive/online/web-based tools


the tools of your trade

the things that you need to do your job

DOWN verb



tool up; tool sb/sth up

to get or provide sb/sth with the equipment that is necessary to do or produce sth:

They have invested heavily, tooling up to make the new model.

The factory is not tooled up to produce this type of engine.

1. <tool> A program used primarily to create, manipulate, modify, or analyse other programs, such as a compiler or an editor or a cross-referencing program. Opposite: app, operating system.

2. A Unix application program with a simple, "transparent" (typically text-stream) interface designed specifically to be used in programmed combination with other tools (see filter, plumbing).

3. <jargon> (MIT: general to students there) To work; to study (connotes tedium). The TMRC Dictionary defined this as "to set one's brain to the grindstone". See hack.

4. <jargon, person> (MIT) A student who studies too much and hacks too little. MIT's student humour magazine rejoices in the name "Tool and Die".


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  1. do not play about with my expensive tools!
  2. the tool shed is at the bottom of the garden.
  3. we have the tools for heading off disaster.
  4. i shall manage with the tools i have.
  5. this is a very handy tool for opening cans.

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