Definition of "tool" []

  • A device, such as a saw, used to perform or facilitate manual or mechanical work. (noun)
  • A machine, such as a lathe, used to cut and shape machine parts or other objects. (noun)
  • The cutting part of such a machine. (noun)
  • Something regarded as necessary to the carrying out of one's occupation or profession: Words are the tools of our trade. (noun)
  • 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). (noun)
  • An implement, such as a hammer, saw, or spade, that is used by hand (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A power-driven instrument; machine tool (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • The cutting part of such an instrument (noun)
  • Any of the instruments used by a bookbinder to impress a design on a book cover (noun)
  • A design so impressed (noun)
  • Anything used as a means of performing an operation or achieving an end (noun)
  • A person used to perform dishonourable or unpleasant tasks for another (noun)
  • A necessary medium for or adjunct to one's profession (noun)
  • A stupid, irritating, or contemptible man (noun)
  • To work, cut, shape, or form (something) with a tool or tools (verb)
  • To decorate (a book cover) with a bookbinder's tool (verb)
  • To furnish with tools (verb)
  • To drive (a vehicle) or (of a vehicle) to be driven, esp in a leisurely or casual style (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tool" in a sentence
  • "Much as a shuttle is a tool for separating threads, a name is a ˜tool for instructing by separating being™ (388b-c)."
  • "This is a good tool just to find the overall popularity of a term you can also try this tool~"
  • "Did You Know? of marketing of Fortune professionals 500 use some increased sort of social social media social media media tool media tool** spend in 2009** CareerBuilder Internal statistics, June 2009, ** University of Mass.,"