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Tool meaning

tool - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
  2. 2. ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it; " We tooled down the street"
  3. 3. drive; " The convertible tooled down the street"
  4. 4. To travel in a vehicle; to ride or drive.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. Hence, any instrument of use or service.
  7. 7. A weapon.
  8. 8. To shape, form, or finish with a tool.
  9. 9. To drive, as a coach.
  10. 10. A machine for cutting or shaping materials; - also called machine tool.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. Instrument used by workmen; a servile agent of another.

tool - examples of usage

  1. He has always been the tool of anyone who would make use of him.
  2. The windows were blown completely out of the tool- house. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  3. She shows us how difficult it is to get any food or to do any useful work, because something else is wanted beforehand- some tool, or material, or at any rate time to make it. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
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