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:


I yearn to see other chief executives throughout the nation follow suit, so that as a people we may hasten the elimination of barbarism as a tool of American justice.

-- Winthrop Rockefeller (American Politician)

Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.

-- Robert Kennedy (American Politician)

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)

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

-- Joseph Addison (English Writer)

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)

Debt is such a powerful tool, it is such a useful tool, it's much better than colonialism ever was because you can keep control without having an army, without having a whole administration.

-- Susan George (American Activist)

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)

The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.

-- Jane Wagner (American Comedian)

So interviews are a valuable tool, but under certain circumstances they'd be more valuable than others.

-- Hans Blix (Swedish Diplomat)

As a people of faith, we know that prayer is a powerful instrument. And as one Nation under God, we know that many times our most powerful tool is prayer.

-- Nick Rahall (American Politician)

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

-- Kenneth L. Pike (American Sociologist)

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)

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)

I mean, Tool has a style, but we try to make all our songs sound different from each other.

-- Adam Jones (American Musician)

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)

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

-- John Otto (American Musician)

Great leaders have a heart for people. They take time for people. They view people as the bottom line, not as a tool to get to the bottom line.

-- Pat Williams (American Athlete)

In terms of weapons, the best disarmament tool so far is nuclear energy. We have been taking down the Russian warheads, turning it into electricity. 10 percent of American electricity comes from decommissioned warheads.

-- Stewart Brand (American Author)

Stories are the single most powerful tool in a leader's toolkit.

-- Howard Gardner (American Psychologist)

Our law enforcement must be given every tool available to protect children from predators and parents need to know who is living in their community.

-- Robin Hayes (American Politician)

Money is the great tool through whose means labor and skill become universally co-operative.

-- Leland Stanford (American Educator)

We're just four guys and we are enjoying what we're doing with Tool.

-- Maynard James Keenan (American Musician)

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

-- Douglas Hurd (British Politician)

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

-- Miranda Richardson (English Actress)

Thus, the standard library will serve as both a tool and as a teacher.

-- Bjarne Stroustrup (Danish Scientist)

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)

Truth is often the favorite tool of those who deceive.

-- Bryant H. McGill (American Poet)

The art of an artist must be his own art. It is... always a continuous chain of little inventions, little technical discoveries of one's own, in one's relation to the tool, the material and the colors.

-- Emil Nolde (German Artist)

The internet has become such a great tool not just for chefs but for everyone. The net has given everyone the tools to see and almost experience new and different ideas.

-- Graham Kerr (English Celebrity)

Because pornography is a tool of Satan that exploits and distorts our God-given sexuality, women - especially Christian women - need to understand the increasing threat of online pornography.

-- Donna Rice (American Celebrity)

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Roman Statesman)

I think God has chosen to use this as a tool.

-- Tim LaHaye (American Clergyman)

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

-- Michael Bergin (American Actor)

In our struggle to restrain the violence and contain the damage, we tend to forget that the human capacity for aggression is more than a monstrous defect, that it is also a crucial survival tool.

-- Katherine Dunn (American Novelist)

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)


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