Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the means whereby some act is accomplished
    science has given us new tools to fight disease
  2. (noun, artifact) an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  3. (noun, body) obscene terms for penis
  4. (noun, person) a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
  5. (verb, creation) work with a tool
  6. (verb, motion) ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it
  7. (verb, motion) drive
  8. (verb, possession) furnish with tools

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Tool

  1. O.E. tol "instrument, implement," from P.Gmc. *tolan (cf. O.N. tol), from a verb stem represented by O.E. tawian "prepare." The ending is the instrumental suffix -l (e.g. shovel). Fig. sense of "person used by another for his own ends" is recorded from 1663. Slang meaning "penis" first recorded 1553. The verb "to drive a vehicle" is first atte… more

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