- 1A device or implement, especially one held in the hand, used to carry out a particular function: gardening toolsMore example sentences
- There will be exhibitors offering garden furniture, pots, wickerwork, gardening tools and implements old and new, wrought ironwork and various craft stalls.
- The divers teamed up in groups of two or three, and each group carried with them cutting tools and lift bags.
- Implements, tools, and equipment should be cleaned of soil and root debris before moving them to non-infested fields.
- 1.1A thing used to help perform a job: computers are an essential tool the ability to write clearly is a tool of the tradeMore example sentences
- Models and monitored performance are essential management tools.
- It is not executive vanity, but a tool of the trade.
- As with any occupation, professionals need the right tools to perform their jobs effectively.
- 1.2A person used or exploited by another: the beautiful Estella is Miss Havisham’s tool
- 1.3 Computing A piece of software that carries out a particular function, typically creating or modifying another program.More example sentences
- The companies are working with open-source compiler developers to create software development tools for programmers.
- Developers will be offered co-marketing money, free software and developer tools.
- These tools exploit the file structure of operating systems to recover ‘evidence’ that can be used in court.
- 2.1A small stamp or roller used to make a tooled design.More example sentences
- The drawing was removed, and a variety of modeling tools were used to tool the foil in relief.
- 3.1A stupid, irritating, or contemptible man: that guy is such a toolMore example sentences
- Before you make a complete tool of yourself, though, make sure you know how to spot a fake.
- Making an utter tool of yourself, at some stage, is almost a right of passage.
- You're eight months too late for that particular worry, you tool.
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- 1 [with object] Impress a design on (leather, especially a leather book cover): volumes bound in green leather and tooled in goldMore example sentences
- It's really a beautiful little piece of work, bound in leather that's been tooled with a lovely design of roses and vines.
- Houdini's diaries took up an entire shelf - about a dozen volumes, each boxed in an expensive leather slipcase, gold tooled - a treasure surely worth a few hundred thousand dollars.
- Franklin has tooled the design himself: a rectangle within a rectangle within a rectangle of gold, the inner and the middle joined at the corners with floral rolls.
- 2Equip or be equipped with tools for industrial production: [with object]: the factory must be tooled to produce the models [no object]: they were tooling up for productionMore example sentences
- One of the most disheartening things was to go into that prison and see a massive carpentry shop - fully equipped and fully tooled - empty.
- A fully tooled factory could turn out several hundred models a week, if necessary.
- Apparently, they're tooling up for hardware production in May.
- 2.1 (tool up or be tooled up) British • informal Be or become armed, especially for criminal activity: they were tooled up with baseball batsMore example sentences
- It is not just a case of vandalism - whoever stole them obviously went tooled up.
- The suppliers of drugs do not have this choice, so they tool up to protect their trade from intruders or competitors.
- Britain rode out the US depression relatively unscathed, however, others were jockeying for position and tooling up for war.
- 3 [no object, with adverbial of direction] • informal , chiefly North American Drive or ride in a casual or leisurely manner: tooling around town in a pink Rolls-RoyceMore example sentences
- The rest of the song was enough on its own, but that line was always good for some weird looks when my friend Charlotte and I were tooling around town screaming along.
- I haven't driven in well over year - not since I went to Kentucky for Christmas 2000 and tooled around town in my mom's car.
- But I think it would be fun to have one to tool around town, just about anywhere.
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- This, in turn, fuelled an entire production industry - typesetters, printers, engravers, binders, leather toolers, booksellers, print makers and sellers - to service this new domain of culture.
- Our staff of highly skilled engineers and toolers surpassed even their own imaginations.
- Gender is of no difference here, but most toolers are between 20 and 60 years of age.
Old English tōl, from a Germanic base meaning 'prepare'; compare with taw1. The verb dates from the early 19th century.