What does tool mean?

Definitions for tool

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tool.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tool(noun)

    an implement used in the practice of a vocation

  2. instrument, tool(noun)

    the means whereby some act is accomplished

    "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease"

  3. creature, tool, puppet(noun)

    a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else

  4. cock, prick, dick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putz(verb)

    obscene terms for penis

  5. tool(verb)


    "The convertible tooled down the street"

  6. joyride, tool, tool around(verb)

    ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it

    "We tooled down the street"

  7. tool(verb)

    furnish with tools

  8. tool(verb)

    work with a tool


  1. tool(Noun)

    A mechanical device intended to make a task easier

  2. tool(Noun)

    equipment used in a profession, e.g., tools of the trade

    These are the tools of the trade.

  3. tool(Noun)

    Something to perform an operation; an instrument; a means

  4. tool(Noun)

    A piece of software used to develop software or hardware, or to perform low-level operations.

  5. tool(Noun)

    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.

  6. tool(Noun)


  7. tool(Noun)

    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.

  8. tool(Verb)

    To work on or shape with tools, e.g., hand-tooled leather.

  9. tool(Verb)

    To equip with tools.

  10. tool(Verb)

    To work very hard.

  11. tool(Verb)

    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.

  12. tool(Verb)

    To intentionally attack the ball so that it deflects off a blocker out of bounds.

  13. tool(Verb)

    To drive (a coach, etc.)

  14. Origin: From tool, from tol, from tōlan, from dewǝ-, equivalent to . Cognate with tuil, tól, tól. Related to tawian; see taw, and tow ("fibres used for spinning").\

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tool(noun)

    an instrument such as a hammer, saw, plane, file, and the like, used in the manual arts, to facilitate mechanical operations; any instrument used by a craftsman or laborer at his work; an implement; as, the tools of a joiner, smith, shoe-maker, etc.; also, a cutter, chisel, or other part of an instrument or machine that dresses work

  2. Tool(noun)

    a machine for cutting or shaping materials; -- also called machine tool

  3. Tool(noun)

    hence, any instrument of use or service

  4. Tool(noun)

    a weapon

  5. Tool(noun)

    a person used as an instrument by another person; -- a word of reproach; as, men of intrigue have their tools, by whose agency they accomplish their purposes

  6. Tool(verb)

    to shape, form, or finish with a tool

  7. Tool(verb)

    to drive, as a coach


  1. Tool

    A tool is any physical item that can be used to achieve a goal, especially if the item is not consumed in the process. Informally the word is also used to describe a procedure or process with a specific purpose. Tool use by humans dates back millions of years, and other animals are also known to employ simple tools. Tools that are used in particular fields or activities may have different designations such as "instrument", "utensil", "implement", "machine", or "apparatus". The set of tools needed to achieve a goal is "equipment". The knowledge of constructing, obtaining and using tools is technology.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tool

    tōōl, n. an instrument used by workmen: one who acts as the mere instrument of another.—v.t. to mark with a tool, esp. to ornament or imprint designs upon, of bookbinders: (slang) to drive, as a coach or other vehicle: to carry in a vehicle.—v.i. to travel in a vehicle, to drive.—n. Tool′ing, workmanship done with a tool. [A.S. tól, tohl; perh. from the root of tow.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. tool

    1. n.A program used primarily to create, manipulate, modify, or analyze other programs, such as a compiler or an editor or a cross-referencing program. Oppose app, operating system; see also toolchain. 2. [Unix] An 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. [MIT: general to students there] vi. To work; to study (connotes tedium). The TMRC Dictionary defined this as “to set one's brain to the grindstone”. See hack. 4. n. [MIT] A student who studies too much and hacks too little. (MIT's student humor magazine rejoices in the name Tool and Die.)

Editors Contribution

  1. tool

    A specific thing created for a specific purpose.

    The tools vary according to the perceived need.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 7, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tool' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4161

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tool' in Nouns Frequency: #866

How to pronounce tool?

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How to say tool in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tool in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tool in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tool in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Wright:

    It’s a very powerful tool.

  2. House Speaker John Boehner:

    I just think it is a fundraising tool.

  3. Klaus Lackner:

    It becomes one tool in a larger tool set.

  4. Sheldon Rheaume:

    This isn’t an evil rifle, it’s a tool.

  5. Ani DiFranco:

    Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right.

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