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Definitions

  • Tools used in Logging
    Tools used in Logging
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tool work with a tool
    • v tool ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it "We tooled down the street"
    • v tool drive "The convertible tooled down the street"
    • v tool furnish with tools
    • n tool the means whereby some act is accomplished "my greed was the instrument of my destruction","science has given us new tools to fight disease"
    • n tool an implement used in the practice of a vocation
    • n tool obscene terms for penis
    • n tool a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
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Additional illustrations & photos:

General Tool rack in a School Shop General Tool rack in a School Shop
The interior of a small Jamestown house, about 1650. Although the painting is conjectural, many items shown—pottery, glassware, fireplace tools, and kitchen accessories—were unearthed on this historic island. (Painting by Sidney E. King.) The interior of a small Jamestown house, about 1650. Although the painting is conjectural, many items shown—pottery,...
A few fireplace tools unearthed at Jamestown A few fireplace tools unearthed at Jamestown
An assortment of carpenters’ tools unearthed at Jamestown. Most of them were used over three centuries ago An assortment of carpenters’ tools unearthed at Jamestown. Most of them were used over three centuries ago
A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet, wedge, and saw fragment A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet,...
Objects found at a 17th-century forge site at Jamestown: blacksmith’s tools, bar iron, a few incomplete items, sword guards, and slag. It appears that the forge was in operation as early as 1625 Objects found at a 17th-century forge site at Jamestown: blacksmith’s tools, bar iron, a few incomplete items, sword...
Boat-building tools found, all made before 1700 Boat-building tools found, all made before 1700
Tools used in the cultivation of tobacco over 300 years ago. These tools—hoe, billhook, and cutting knives—were excavated at Jamestown Tools used in the cultivation of tobacco over 300 years ago. These tools—hoe, billhook, and cutting knives—were...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "toy" comes from an old English word that means "tool."
    • Tool A machine for cutting or shaping materials; -- also called machine tool.
    • Tool 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. "I was not made for a minion or a tool ."
    • Tool A weapon. "Him that is aghast of every tool ."
    • Tool 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.
    • Tool Hence, any instrument of use or service. "That angry fool . . . Whipping her horse, did with his smarting tool Oft whip her dainty self."
    • Tool To drive, as a coach.
    • Tool To shape, form, or finish with a tool. "Elaborately tooled ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every year, surgical tools are left in approximately 1,500 patients in the USA. Fatter patients are more prone to having a surgical tool left inside of them due to the additional amount of space in their bodies
    • n tool A mechanical implement; any implement used by a craftsman or laborer at his work; an instrument employed for performing or facilitating mechanical operations by means of percussion, penetration, separation, abrasion, friction, etc., of the substances operated upon, for all of which operations various motions are required to be given either to the tool or to the work. Such machines as the lathe, planer, slotting-machine, and others employed in the manufacture of machinery, are usually called machine-tools.
    • n tool One of the small pallets or stamps used by the bookbinder's finisher to work out the designs on the cover of a book: applied to stamps used by hand.
    • n tool A small round brush used by house-painters for painting moldings at the margins of panels, window-sashes, and narrow fillets.
    • n tool By extension, something used in any occupation or pursuit as tools are used by the mechanic: as, literary tools (books, etc.); soldiers' tools (weapons, etc.); specifically, a sword or other weapon.
    • n tool One who or that which is made a means to some end; especially, a person so used; a mere instrument to execute the purpose of another; a cat's-paw.
    • n tool A useless or shiftless fellow.
    • n tool A figure or ornament impressed upon the cover of a book by means of a binders' stamp or tool.
    • n tool Synonyms Implement, Instrument, Tool, Utensil. An implement is whatever may supply a want or a requisite to an end; it is always regarded in reference to its particular use: as, agricultural implements; implements of war. An instrument is anything which is employed in doing work or producing a certain result: as, surgical, mathematical, musical instruments, A tool is something less specific than an implement, and, when used physically, is one of the smaller implements of a mechanic art, such as can be worked by the hand: as, gardeners' tools; joiners' tools. A utensil is literally something to be used; the word has by usage become restricted to articles of domestic and farming use. In figurative use instrument is generally employed in a good sense, but tool in a dishonorable and contemptuous sense: we speak of a man as the instrument of Providence, or as a mere tool of cunning men. Formerly implement had a figurative sense.
    • tool In bookbinding, to ornament or give a final shape to by means of a special tool, especially when the mark of the tool is intentionally left visible.
    • tool To work with a tool; specifically, in bookbinding, to execute tooling.
    • tool To drive, as a four-in-hand, mailcoach, racing-wagon, or other wheeled vehicle.
    • tool To draw in a vehicle.
    • tool To drive; ride.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tool doctors wrap around a patient's arm to measure blood pressure is called a sphygmomanometer.
    • n Tool tōōl an instrument used by workmen: one who acts as the mere instrument of another
    • v.t Tool to mark with a tool, esp. to ornament or imprint designs upon, of bookbinders:
    • v.i Tool to travel in a vehicle, to drive
    • v.t Tool (slang) to drive, as a coach or other vehicle: to carry in a vehicle
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Quotations

  • John Roger
    John Roger
    “One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.”
  • Mortimer J. Adler
    Mortimer J. Adler
    “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    Henry%20Ward%20Beecher
    “Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools.”
  • Fredrich
    Fredrich
    “A politician divides mankind into two classes; tools and enemies.”
  • John J. Bernet
    John J. Bernet
    “Men are more important than tools. If you don't believe so, put a good tool into the hands of a poor workman.”

Idioms

Bad workers always blame their tools - "A bad worker always blames their tools" - If somebody does a job badly or loses in a game and claims that they were let down by their equipment, you can use this to imply that this was not the case.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tol,tool,. AS. tōl,; akin to Icel. tōl, Goth. taijan, to do, to make, taui, deed, work, and perhaps to E. taw, to dress leather. √64

Usage

In literature:

Tools were needed, and these were of course easily obtained.
"Two Daring Young Patriots" by W. P. Shervill
Between his feet was a much worn leather bag which obviously contained tools.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
Nearly 120 years later Amasa Thompson listed his tools and their value.
"Woodworking Tools 1600-1900" by Peter C. Welsh
The plants, animals, methods, and tools all derived from Europe.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
He and his mother have used vile tools to cheat me.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Here, apparently without tools, at least tools we can perceive, natural law is manipulated, but not suspended.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
I expected more from those sturdy tools, their mandibles.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
I owned a chest of tools, and these I used until the school could secure some.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
It is not easy to make good apparatus with few tools and a limited amount of skill, unless you follow simple methods.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
The tools were lying in disorder on the bench.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
Thus, too, in the realm of inventive skill, each tool becomes the parent of a score of other tools.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Had he not been used to the snowy wilds, he could not have found the tool.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
The man is, in my estimation, a mere tool in the hands of the men higher up.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
Anvil and Kit of Tools.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
If the Peening Tool should stick to the post, force the Tool down again, being certain that the cover is slightly compressed.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Why wouldn't it be a good thing to let folks know that they wanted to sell out their household goods and their tools and other things?
"To Alaska for Gold" by Edward Stratemeyer
Some of his tools had fallen out and gotten lost along the way.
"The Variable Man" by Philip K. Dick
Another crate held Tony Briotti's special tools and reference books.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
He couldn't crawl in such a seam, let alone using his tools there.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
For several minutes O'Toole led Jeff Blake through deserted streets.
"One-Way Ticket to Nowhere" by Leroy Yerxa
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In poetry:

Then, perchance, a sunny ray
From the heaven of fire,
His lost tools may over-pay,
And better his desire.
"Loss And Gain" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
What does it mean
life? I am here I am
there. Look! Suddenly
the young tool in their hands
for hurting one another.
"Album" by R S Thomas
For all is good, if understood,
(Ah, could we understand!)
And right and ill are tools of skill
Held in His either hand.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
"See, I have sinews powerful,
And I've endurance, subtle skill,--
Yet may not use them at my will,
But live a master's tool.
"A Fellow Slave" by Morris Rosenfeld
So, rising from my idle life, I took
Tools that are fit for men,
And wrought and sung with brow inclined to brook
No idle dream again.
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson
Full faith the solemn Oath obtain'd,
Man's mind was aw'd by priestly rule;
Steady to Truth he still remain'd,
Unless to priestly fraud a tool.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield

In news:

According to the company, this tooling controls chips and extends tool life.
While both materials have their advantages and disadvantages, cutting tool manufacturer Precision Cutting Tools says powder metal combines the best features of both.
The Mac Tools' Titanium 1/2-inch impact gun has all the power you'll ever need in a compact, lightweight, and comfortable tool.
Has introduced a new channel on YouTube that features tool demonstrations and tutorials about its line of boiler tube welding end prep tools.
Skype says it has resolved a flaw with its password reset tool that could be used to hijack users' accounts on the chat tool.
Platinum Tools announced that its new JackAX 110 termination tool is now shipping.
My next-door neighbor Tom has the right tool for any conceivable job, and he's always willing to help me get a job done and lend me his tools.
Nes Thread Repair hand tools, from Anglo American Tools, repair both external and internal stripped pipe threads and eliminate the need for an extensive collection of taps and dies.
Thread Repair Tools Tools 101.
Calendars A Timely Communication Tool May 1, 2006 By Allen Haley Can a 100-year-old advertising tool still be effective in today's fast-paced marketing world.
Tools/Machines Tools & Machines Archives GPI offers built- to-order Stay-Flat vacuum tables.
Shopping for woodworking hand tools and power tools .
We've created a new challenge for you here on PopSci.com, whereby you can show off your obscure knowledge of tools and, well, win new tools .
Guess This Obscure Tool, Win More Tools .
Access Tools created a 55-piece set of car-opening tools called the Super Pro Complete Set.
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In science:

An example of applying these tools is given in .
A GRB Tool Shed
Therefore, the obtained set of generalized eigenvectors is a useful tool for a complete description of the decay process.
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions
We now introduce an extremely important tool for our analysis.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
It will be the main tool to prove the existence of sextactic points in the several different, although similar, situations in sections four and five.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
The next two propositions will be the main tools to find sextactic points in sections four and five.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
Random Matrix Theory (RMT) is the ideal tool.
QCD at high baryon density in a random matrix model
The main tool in the proof will be the following large deviation result by Kesten : Lemma 2.8.
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster
To understand this construction, we will also need tools from complex geometry; they are the sub ject of the next subsection.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
In addition, we will be able to use the random laser as a new tool to study the localization properties of random systems.
Localized Random Lasing Modes and a New Path for Observing Localization
As a conclusion, this tool is applied to real data containing outliers according to the classical available tools.
A new graphical tool of outliers detection in regression models based on recursive estimation
In this manner, we used wavdetect as a candidate source detection tool and used ACIS Extract as a source characterization tool.
Chandra ACIS Survey of M33 (ChASeM33): A First Look
The main tool used in our constructions is the notion of randomness extractors and lossless condensers that are regarded as central tools in theoretical computer science.
Capacity Achieving Codes From Randomness Condensers
We need a tool that would tell us when two types belong to the same Morley class, and this tool is the notion of concurrently indiscernible sequences.
Lovely pairs of models: the non first order case
Usage of the tool for the weight variation: the tool can be introduced from the back of the mirror previously removed from the structure.
Calibration of force actuators on an adaptive secondary prototype
Usage of the tool for the weight variation: the tool can be introduced from the back of the mirror previously removed from the structure.
Calibration of force actuators on an adaptive secondary prototype
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