- Noun: tool tool
- An implement used in the practice of a vocation
- The means whereby some act is accomplished
"science has given us new tools to fight disease"
- A person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
- creature, puppet
- [vulgar] Obscene term for penis
"The convertible tooled down the street"
- Ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it
"We tooled down the street"
- joyride, tool around
- Furnish with tools
- Work with a tool
Sounds like: tulle
Derived forms: tooled, tooling, tools
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.
Noun. 1. A penis, implying its supposed usefulness. [1200s]
2. An idiot, a contemptible person.
■ 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
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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- do not play about with my expensive tools!
- the tool shed is at the bottom of the garden.
- we have the tools for heading off disaster.
- i shall manage with the tools i have.
- this is a very handy tool for opening cans.