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parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an instrument that is usually held with the hands and helps one to do something.
They keep their hammer, drill, screwdrivers, and other tools in a box in the basement.
device, implement, instrument
similar words:
gadget, mechanism, utensil
definition 2: any instrument, thing, or activity that helps to get something done.
Writing is a good tool for thinking.
machinery, means, medium, vehicle
similar words:
agency, mechanism
part of speech: verb
inflections: tools, tooling, tooled
definition: to shape, work, or decorate using a tool.
He tools leather belts.
similar words:
create, form, make, mill, shape
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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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