What is tool?

  • (verb): Work with a tool.
    See also — Additional definitions below


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.

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Chuck (engineering)
... It is most commonly used to hold a rotating tool (such as the drill bit in a power tool) or a rotating workpiece (such as the bar or blank in the headstock spindle of a lathe) ... In some applications, the tool or workpiece being held by the chuck remains stationary while another tool or workpiece rotates (for example, a drill bit in ... dogs that are arranged in a radially symmetrical pattern (like the points of a star) to hold the tool or workpiece ...
... (Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl mulcazitl) is a stone tool, the traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle tool, similar to the South American batan (stone) used for grinding various food products ... The matching hand-held grinding tool, known as a tejolote (Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl texolotl), is also made of the same basalt material ... Molcajetes can also be used as a cooking tool, where it is heated to a high temperature using an open fire or hot coals, and then used to heat its food ...
Scrape - Hand Tools
... Scraper (archaeology), a stone tool Scraper (kitchen), a cooking tool Card scraper, cabinet scraper or scraper, a tool for scraping wood Hand scraper, a single-edged tool used ...
FLAIM - History
... This was a Java GUI based tool ... The development of both of these tools were funded under the Office of Naval Research NCASSR research center through the SLAGEL project ... It was quickly realized that building one-off tools for each new log format was not the way to go ...
Tool, Texas - Education
... The City of Tool is served by the Malakoff Independent School District. ...

More definitions of "tool":

  • (noun): A person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else.
    Synonyms: creature, puppet
  • (noun): An implement used in the practice of a vocation.
  • (verb): Drive.
    Example: "The convertible tooled down the street"
  • (noun): The means whereby some act is accomplished.
    Synonyms: instrument
  • (verb): Ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it.
    Synonyms: joyride, tool around
  • (verb): Furnish with tools.

Famous quotes containing the word tool:

    Is it not possible that an individual may be right and a government wrong? Are laws to be enforced simply because they were made? or declared by any number of men to be good, if they are not good? Is there any necessity for a man’s being a tool to perform a deed of which his better nature disapproves?
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The veto is a President’s Constitutional right, given to him by the drafters of the Constitution because they wanted it as a check against irresponsible Congressional action. The veto forces Congress to take another look at legislation that has been passed. I think this is a responsible tool for a president of the United States, and I have sought to use it responsibly.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913)

    The first tool I step on
    Turned into a weapon.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)