Definition of Tool


1. A device, such as a saw, used to perform or facilitate manual or mechanical work. 2a. A machine, such as a lathe, used to cut and shape machine parts or other objects. b. The cutting part of such a machine. 3. Something regarded as necessary to the carrying out of one's occupation or profession: Words are the tools of our trade.4. Something used in the performance of an operation; an instrument: “Modern democracies have the fiscal and monetary tools . . . to end chronic slumps and galloping inflations” (Paul A. Samuelson). 5.Vulgar Slang A penis. 6. A person used to carry out the designs of another; a dupe. 7a. A bookbinder's hand stamp. b. A design impressed on a book cover by such a stamp. 8.Computer Science An application program, often one that creates, manipulates, modifies, or analyzes other programs.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.  2000.

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