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Definitions of tool

  1. obscene terms for penis
  2. a person who is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
  3. the means whereby some act is accomplished; " my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; " science has given us new tools to fight disease"
  4. furnish with tools
  5. an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  6. work with a tool
  7. informal: drive ( a vehicle); " The convertible tooled down the street"
  8. ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it; " We tooled down the street"
  9. drive; " The convertible tooled down the street"
  10. To travel in a vehicle; to ride or drive.
  11. 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.
  12. Hence, any instrument of use or service.
  13. A weapon.
  14. To shape, form, or finish with a tool.
  15. To drive, as a coach.
  16. A machine for cutting or shaping materials; - also called machine tool.
  17. 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.
  18. An instrument used by the hand, as a chisel, hammer, saw, etc.; a machine for shaping; one who is used as the agent of another.
  19. To shape with a chisel, saw, file, etc.
  20. An instrument used by workmen: one who acts as the mere instrument of another.
  21. Instrument used by workmen; a servile agent of another.
  22. A person used to carry out the designs of another.
  23. An instrument of manual operation; a person used as a mere instrument by another.
  24. To shape with a tool.
  25. An instr, or aid for any manual operation; a person used by another as an instr. to accomplish certain ends; a hireling.
  26. To shape or fashion with a tool.
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Usage examples for tool

  1. Bainton waited a moment, and then, unable any longer to control his curiosity, seized his ladder and deliberately carried it across the lawn, though he knew that that was not the proper way to the tool- shed where it was kept. – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  2. But does it seem to you fair that a tool should be punished when the leaders go free? – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  3. Shall I put this in the tool- chest, sir? – The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson
  4. Perhaps he felt the near approach of the hour when his cunning hand must drop its tool. – A Daughter of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
  5. It depends on the man and the tool. – Mary Minds Her Business by George Weston
  6. We dropped it into my tool chest, and threw the key on the floor of the bedroom, meaning to divide up equal later on. – Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas by Lloyd Osbourne
  7. So far as man is concerned all truth is a sub- topic under his own soul, and the universe is the tool of his own life. – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee
  8. His one hope of protecting his friends was to affect indifference to what had happened; and this was made easier, by the reflection that Cantapresto was after all but a tool in more powerful hands. – The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton
  9. I was used at first only as a tool in the work. – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  10. Wasn't nobody ever, man, woman, or child, that touched Jimmie Tool in kindness 'ithout bein' loved. – Every Man for Himself by Norman Duncan
  11. You'll find plenty of chairs in the tool house." – Jan and Her Job by L. Allen Harker
  12. Before he was ten years old, he could use every tool in the farm workshop with the ease and skill of an old workman. – Great Inventions and Discoveries by Willis Duff Piercy
  13. I cannot do what I want to; I am only a tool in the hands of others, and this will cause both my ruin and that of the Tyrol. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  14. Proculejus had learned that Antony had named him to the Queen as the person most worthy of her confidence, and more keenly felt the wrong which, as the tool and obedient friend of Octavianus, he had inflicted upon the hapless woman. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  15. Jim Tool was more slow an' solemn an' puzzled 'n ever I knowed un t' be afore; an' he was so wonderful shy o' Archibald Shott that Arch 'lowed he'd have the superstitious shudders if it kep' up much longer. – Every Man for Himself by Norman Duncan
  16. I said you wouldn't But I also said, if you remember, that Croucher was only deadly as a tool. – The Crime Doctor by Ernest William Hornung
  17. 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. – On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures by Charles Babbage
  18. The chief difficulty to be overcome is that of getting the machinery to hold the material firmly in exactly the position in which the machine- tool can be brought to bear on it in the right way, and without wasting meanwhile too much time in taking grip of it. – Problems of Poverty by John A. Hobson
  19. The tool, although rather heavy, was a good ice- ax. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  20. During the next four by good luck and much toil, most of them manage to reduce it to the stage of a tool. – Literature in the Elementary School by Porter Lander MacClintock
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