tool meaning

EN[tuːl] [-uːl]
  • 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.
  • Tools that are used in particular fields or activities may have different designations such as "instrument", "utensil", "implement", "machine", "device," or "apparatus". The set of tools needed to achieve a goal is "equipment".

    Definition of tool in English Dictionary

  • NounPLtoolsSUF-le
    1. A mechanical device intended to make a task easier.
      1. Hand me that tool, would you?   I don't have the right tools to start fiddling around with the engine. ‎
    2. Equipment used in a profession, e.g., tools of the trade.
      1. Drawings and pictures are more than mere ornaments in scientific discourse. Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story.
    3. Something to perform an operation; an instrument; a means.
      1. Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus. [ …] A photo processing technique called focus stacking has changed that. Developed as a tool to electronically combine the sharpest bits of multiple digital images, focus stacking is a boon to biologists seeking full focus on a micron scale.
    4. (computing) A piece of software used to develop software or hardware, or to perform low-level operations.
      1. The software engineer had been developing lots of EDA tools.   a tool for recovering deleted files from a disk ‎
    5. A person or group which is used or controlled, usually unwittingly, by another person or group.
      1. He was a tool, no more than a pawn to her. ‎
    6. SLA Penis.
      1. (by extension, slang, pejorative) An obnoxious or uptight person.
        1. He won't sell us tickets because it's 3:01, and they went off sale at 3. That guy's such a tool. ‎
    7. VerbSGtoolsPRtoolingPT, PPtooled
      1. VT To work on or shape with tools, e.g., hand-tooled leather.
        1. VT To equip with tools.
          1. VT To work very hard.
            1. VT SLA To put down another person (possibly in a subtle, hidden way), and in that way to use him or her to meet a goal.
              1. Dude, he's not your friend. He's just tooling you.
            2. VT (volleyball) To intentionally attack the ball so that it deflects off a blocker out of bounds.
              1. VT (Britain, slang, dated) To drive (a coach, etc.).
                1. VI SLA (dated) To travel in a vehicle; to ride or drive.
                2. More Examples
                  1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                    • Dude, he's not your friend. He's just tooling you.
                    • Even though he doesn't really know how to use them, he keeps the tools around, figuring they might come in handy someday.
                    • Because of the lack of proper tools he bodged the repair.
                  2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                    • Diagnosing this software application's problems is a wild-goose chase because it is built in an environment that has poor debugging tools.
                • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                  1. Morphemes
                    • Suffixes
                      • Words by suffix
                        • Words suffixed with -le
                    • Nouns
                      • Countable nouns
                      • Verbs
                        • Intransitive verbs
                          • Transitive verbs
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                        1. en tools
                        2. en toolbox
                        3. en toolsmith
                        4. en toolsy
                        5. en tooled
                        Source: Wiktionary
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                        Meaning of tool for the defined word.

                        Grammatically, this word "tool" is a morpheme, more specifically, a suffixe. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
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