Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an instrument, such as a hammer, drill, or other hand-held device, used for doing work.
device, implement, instrument
similar words:
contraption, gadget, mechanism, utensil
definition 2: a machine such as a saw or drill.
machine tool
similar words:
apparatus, machine
definition 3: any instrument, apparatus, or element necessary or useful for performing an operation or achieving an end.
Language is a tool for communicating.
apparatus, instrument, machinery, means, medium, vehicle
similar words:
agency, instrumentality, mechanism
definition 4: a person unfairly used to accomplish the goals of another.
cat's-paw, dupe, pawn, stooge
similar words:
cannon fodder, dummy, flunky, guinea pig, gull, instrument, patsy, peon, pigeon, puppet, sucker
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tools, tooling, tooled
definition: to shape, work, or decorate using a tool.
He tools leather belts.
machine, work
similar words:
create, form, make, mill, shape
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to work using a tool or tools.
similar words:
definition 2: to travel in or drive a vehicle, esp. in a leisurely manner.
They tooled around the countryside all afternoon.
similar words:
drive, jaunt, journey, motor, roll, travel, wander
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derivations: toolless (adj.), tooler (n.)
Word Builder: tool +
  • tool belt:
    a belt with loops and pockets for holding tools while you work.
  • toolbox:
    a box for holding tools.
  • toolkit:
    a set of tools in a container.
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similar to tool
some actions with tools
some carpenters' tools
some cooks' tool
some gardeners' and farmers' tools
some household tools
some other general purpose tools
some painters' tools
some parts of tools
some places for tools
some plumbers' tools
some special purpose tools
some students' tools