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:


Violence is a tool of the ignorant.

-- Flip Wilson (American Comedian)

Nobel was a genuine friend of peace. He even went so far as to believe that he had invented a tool of destruction, dynamite, which would make war so senseless that it would become impossible. He was wrong.

-- Alva Myrdal (Swedish Diplomat)

Magic, like technology, is a tool.

-- Mercedes Lackey (American Author)

The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight. We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war - diplomacy, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and of course, military power - and we are developing new tools as we go along.

-- Richard Armitage (American Politician)

Wisely used history can give pleasure and provide us with a useful tool; but we should not become its slaves.

-- Douglas Hurd (British Politician)

That is, while we believe that cost-benefit analysis is an important tool to inform agency decision making, the results of the cost-benefit analysis do not trump existing law.

-- Fred Thompson (American Politician)

A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.

-- Washington Irving (American Writer)

I like computers. I like the Internet. It's a tool that can be used. But don't be misled into thinking that these technologies are anything other than aspects of a degenerate economic system.

-- Jerry Brown (American Politician)

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

-- John Otto (American Musician)

He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.

-- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ( -)

It has not been for nothing that the word has remained man's principal toy and tool: without the meanings and values it sustains, all man's other tools would be worthless.

-- Lewis Mumford (American Sociologist)

I don't see a groundswell of people willing to raise gas taxes right now. That leaves fuel economy standards as the only effective tool we have as a nation to make a dent in our dangerous and ever growing consumption of oil.

-- Sherwood Boehlert (American Politician)

Your voice is your tool and represents you. It's very important to have a good voice where you can be understood.

-- Jacqueline Bisset (English Actress)

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

-- Frank Herbert (American Writer)

A successful tool is one that was used to do something undreamt of by its author.

-- Stephen C. Johnson ( -)

Fashion is a tool... to compete in life outside the home. People like you better, without knowing why, because people always react well to a person they like the looks of.

-- Mary Quant (English Designer)

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

-- Washington Irving (American Writer)

Stopping crime before it occurs is the most effective crime fighting tool of all.

-- Blanche Lincoln (American Politician)

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)

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

-- Harri Holkeri (Finnish Politician)

A tool is usually more simple than a machine; it is generally used with the hand, whilst a machine is frequently moved by animal or steam power.

-- Charles Babbage (English Mathematician)

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

-- James Daly (American Actor)

A visual image in the hand of an artist is merely a tool to trigger a mental image.

-- Roy H. Williams (American Businessman)

The budget evolved from a management tool into an obstacle to management.

-- Charles Edwards ( Leader)

The difference between a tool and a machine is not capable of very precise distinction; nor is it necessary, in a popular explanation of those terms, to limit very strictly their acceptation.

-- Charles Babbage (English Mathematician)

Hands are the tool of the painter, the artist.

-- Agnes Varda (French Director)

I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.

-- Bill Gates (American Businessman)

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 see the tool set being the same and maybe doing virtual movies and that's fine for some stories but not for others. And maybe make all CG movies but they are already doing it.

-- Dennis Muren (American Artist)

I am not opposed to the limited use of polygraphs in a case where a person is suspected of wrongdoing. But widespread use of the polygraph as a screening tool goes far beyond what is acceptable.

-- Jeff Bingaman (American Politician)

I was teaching in one of the universities while the country was suffering from a severe famine. People were dying of hunger, and I felt very helpless. As an economist, I had no tool in my tool box to fix that kind of situation.

-- Muhammad Yunus ( Economist)

Tool of Communist agitators... it's really a joke, isn't it? Because, quite clearly, we are a party of real moderates. It just shows how little they understand.

-- Helen Suzman (South African Politician)

Technology should be an important ingredient. It may be and should be a tool for social development.

-- Aleksander Kwasniewski (Polish Politician)

Language is a tool adequate to provide any degree of precision relevant to a particular situation.

-- Kenneth L. Pike (American Sociologist)

I believe that this is a different war than America has ever fought in the past. It is a non-conventional war. It means that you've got to use every tool you've got available to you.

-- Hugh Shelton (American Soldier)


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