Definitions for: Tool


[n] the means whereby some act is accomplished; "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease"
[n] an implement used in the practice of a vocation
[n] obscene terms for penis
[n] a person who is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
[v] work with a tool
[v] ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it
[v] informal: drive (a vehicle); "The convertible tooled down the street"
[v] furnish with tools



Webster (1913) Definition: Tool (t[=oo]l), v. i. [Cf. Tool, v. t., 2.]
To travel in a vehicle; to ride or drive. [Colloq.]

Boys on their bicycles tooling along the well-kept
roads. --Illust.
American.


Tool, n. [OE. tol,tool. AS. t[=o]l; akin to Icel. t[=o]l,
Goth. taijan to do, to make, taui deed, work, and perhaps to
E. taw to dress leather. [root]64.]
1. 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. A machine for cutting or shaping materials; -- also called
machine tool.

3. Hence, any instrument of use or service.

That angry fool . . . Whipping her horse, did with
his smarting tool Oft whip her dainty self.
--Spenser.

4. A weapon. [Obs.]

Him that is aghast of every tool. --Chaucer.

5. 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.

I was not made for a minion or a tool. --Burks.


Tool, v. t. [imp. & p. p. tooled; p. pr. & vb. n.
tooling.]
1. To shape, form, or finish with a tool. ``Elaborately
tooled.'' --Ld. Lytton.

2. To drive, as a coach. [Slang, Eng.]

Synonyms: cock, creature, dick, instrument, joyride, pecker, peter, prick, puppet, shaft, tool around

See Also: abradant, abrader, agency, bender, comb, cutting implement, drill, drive, eolith, fork, furnish, gang, garden tool, grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron, hand tool, hoe, implement, jack, Jaws of Life, lawn tool, means, member, muller, neolith, paleolith, penis, pestle, phallus, plough, plow, pounder, power tool, process, provide, punch, puncher, rake, ram, render, ride, rounder, saw set, shaping tool, slave, style, stylus, supply, tamp, tamper, tap, way, work, work on

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Famous Quotes Containing Tool:


Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

-- Bill Gates (American Businessman)

Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.

-- Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Philosopher)

Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.

-- Frank Herbert (American Writer)

Marketing is a very good thing, but it shouldn't control everything. It should be the tool, not that which dictates.

-- Nicolas Roeg (English Director)

Insecurity, commonly regarded as a weakness in normal people, is the basic tool of the actor's trade.

-- Miranda Richardson (English Actress)

And internalization is used in this country as a very effective political tool.

-- Kathy Acker (American Activist)

With NOAH, you can create some stunning, yet original soundscapes. Therefore, as a performance tool, it really comes into its own because you can make one single performance which has a lot of detail.

-- Geoff Downes (English Musician)

The discoveries of how we can grow and the insights we need to have really come from the inside out. To have genuine empathy, not as a make-nice tool but as an understanding, is essential to the next step.

-- Patricia Sun ( -)

Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words.

-- Deborah Bull (British Dancer)

Public misbehavior by the famous is a powerful teaching tool.

-- Bill O'Reilly (American Journalist)

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.

-- John F. Kennedy (American President)

Magic, like technology, is a tool.

-- Mercedes Lackey (American Author)

Discussion is just a tool. You have to aim; the final goal must be a decision.

-- Harri Holkeri (Finnish Politician)

I have owed you this letter for a very long time-but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool.

-- John Steinbeck (American Author)

Hands are the tool of the painter, the artist.

-- Agnes Varda (French Director)

A father's disappointment can be a very powerful tool.

-- Michael Bergin (American Actor)

Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings.

-- Robert Collier (American Publisher)

The metaphor is perhaps one of man's most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him.

-- Jose Ortega y Gasset (Spanish Philosopher)

I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.

-- Bill Gates (American Businessman)

But once I acclimated and really used fame for what it was offering me as a tool to serve my life purpose of inspiring and contributing, then it started to get fun again.

-- Alanis Morissette (Canadian Musician)

I think my imagination dictates the technologies I use. But at the same time, my imagination can be technologic. Sometimes I see a tool and I know immediately how to use it, but most of the time I use the tool for an idea I already have.

-- Michel Gondry (American Writer)

See, what we were going to do was say, the Internet is this great business strategy tool.

-- James Daly (American Actor)

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

-- Joseph Addison (English Writer)

The Endangered Species Act is the strongest and most effective tool we have to repair the environmental harm that is causing a species to decline.

-- Norm Dicks (American Politician)

Jazz was more of a tool for me to use to enhance my musicality.

-- John Otto (American Musician)

It was the same in World War I, when Woodrow Wilson, also a tool of the Jews, maneuvered it into the war.

-- Julius Streicher ( Soldier)

Sure, they were simple desk lamps with only a minimal amount of movement, but you could immediately tell that Luxo Jr. was a baby, and that the big one was his mother. In that short little film, computer animation went from a novelty to a serious tool for filmmaking.

-- John Lasseter ( Director)

Music is your own talent and is an important tool. Even if you don't want to be a role model, get ready to be in the public eye. Energy is there, you just have to use it.

-- Sean Paul (Jamaican Musician)

Music for me is an emotional thing and it really does make me happy. It's not a tool for me to get fame or see my face in the papers or anything like that. It's about the fact that I really do enjoy it.

-- Ville Valo ( Musician)

First person narrative is a very effective tool but you have to know as a writer how to make it work.

-- James McBride (American Writer)

I find I use the Internet more and more. It's just an invaluable tool. I do most of my research on the Net now - and certainly do the bulk of my communicating through email.

-- Nora Roberts (American Author)

I think Linux is a great thing, in the big picture. It's a great hacker's tool, and it has a lot of potential to become something more.

-- Jamie Zawinski (American Scientist)

All the art for Tool is done by the me and the band.

-- Adam Jones (American Musician)

This whole acting thing was always just for me and was always an absolute shot in the dark. If it didn't pan out, I had my hammer and tool belt, banging nails again tomorrow if I had to.

-- Matt LeBlanc (American Actor)

Technology has a great advantage in that we are capable of creating dinosaurs and show them on the screen even though they are extinct 65 million years. All of a sudden, we have a fantastic tool that is as good as dreams are.

-- Werner Herzog (German Director)


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