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Synonyms for tool

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tool(noun)

    an implement used in the practice of a vocation

    dick, instrument, cock, putz, puppet, prick, shaft, creature, pecker, peter

  2. instrument, tool(noun)

    the means whereby some act is accomplished

    "my greed was the instrument of my destruction"; "science has given us new tools to fight disease"

    creature, shaft, prick, instrumental role, musical instrument, peter, legal document, dick, legal instrument, cat's-paw, pawn, putz, puppet, official document, pecker, cock, instrument

  3. creature, tool, puppet(noun)

    a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else

    brute, animate being, shaft, puppet, prick, peter, fauna, marionette, pecker, animal, beast, putz, instrument, wight, creature, cock, dick

  4. cock, prick, dick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putz(verb)

    obscene terms for penis

    beam, pricking, shaft, peter, pecker, dig, turncock, light beam, puppet, gumshoe, incision, neb, cocksucker, dickhead, cock, rotating shaft, quill, shaft of light, slit, dick, barb, ray of light, prick, shit, beak, bastard, hawkshaw, scape, slam, son of a bitch, instrument, diaphysis, bill, scratch, calamus, lance, peckerwood, stopcock, asshole, spear, rooster, gibe, hammer, beam of light, creature, putz, jibe, irradiation, woodpecker, whoreson, dent, nib, ray, shot

  5. tool(verb)


    "The convertible tooled down the street"

    tool around, joyride

  6. joyride, tool, tool around(verb)

    ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it

    "We tooled down the street"

    tool around, joyride

  7. tool(verb)

    furnish with tools

    tool around, joyride

  8. tool(verb)

    work with a tool

    tool around, joyride


  1. tool(verb)


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tool

    A tool is something that is both contrived and used for extending the force of an intelligent agent to something that is to be operated upon. Those things by which pacific and industrial operations are performed are alone properly called tools, those designed for warlike purposes being designated weapons. An instrument is anything through which power is applied and a result produced; in general usage, the word is of considerably wider meaning than tool; as, a piano is a musical instrument. Instrument is the word usually applied to tools used in scientific pursuits; as, we speak of a surgeon's or an optician's instruments. An implement is a mechanical agency considered with reference to some specific purpose to which it is adapted; as, an agricultural implement; implements of war. Implement is a less technical and artificial term than tool. The paw of a tiger might be termed a terrible implement, but not a tool. A utensil is that which may be used for some special purpose; the word is especially applied to articles used for domestic or agricultural purposes; as, kitchen utensils; farming utensils. An appliance is that which is or may be applied to the accomplishment of a result, either independently or as subordinate to something more extensive or important; every mechanical tool is an appliance, but not every appliance is a tool; the traces of a harness are appliances for traction, but they are not tools. Mechanism is a word of wide meaning, denoting any combination of mechanical devices for united action. A machine in the most general sense is any mechanical instrument for the conversion of motion; in this sense a lever is a machine; but in more commonly accepted usage a machine is distinguished from a tool by its complexity, and by the combination and coordination of powers and movements for the production of a result. A chisel by itself is a tool; when it is set so as to be operated by a crank and pitman, the entire mechanism is called a machine; as, a mortising-machine. An apparatus may be a machine, but the word is commonly used for a collection of distinct articles to be used in connection or combination for a certain purpose — a mechanical equipment; as, the apparatus of a gymnasium; especially, for a collection of appliances for some scientific purpose; as, a chemical or surgical apparatus; an apparatus may include many tools, instruments, or implements. Implement is for the most part and utensil is altogether restricted to the literal sense; instrument, machine, and tool have figurative use, instrument being used largely in a good, tool always in a bad sense; machine inclines to the unfavorable sense, as implying that human agents are made mechanically subservient to some controlling will; as, an instrument of Providence; the tool of a tyrant; a political machine.

    apparatus, appliance, implement, instrument, machine, mechanism, utensil, weapon

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tool

    utensil, implement, machine, instrument, dupe, cat's-paw, hireling

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tool(n.)

    instrument, implement, utensil

  2. tool(n.)


Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tool(n)

    implement, utensil, instrument, cat's-paw, puppet, hireling

    Associated words:
    ratten, cocobola, kit

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    instrument, tools, instruments, means, utility, mechanism, vehicle, device, toolkit, average

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How to use tool in a sentence?

  1. The DOJ:

    The BOP is working to incorporate these recommended changes to the risk assessment tool and will conduct a review to determine which inmates may have their risk score and level adjusted.

  2. Sheldon Rheaume:

    This isn’t an evil rifle, it’s a tool.

  3. Taylor Dumpson:

    People think about protests and advocacy or lobbying or different things, but litigation can also be a tool for social change.

  4. Peddy Mergui:

    I think branding is a powerful tool that can effect almost anything,includingbasic food products, like the ones presented in 'Wheat is Wheat is Wheat'.

  5. Christin Gilmer:

    She lit a fire in me that helping people is a powerful tool, and through education, Judith Toensing can better serve populations in need. I will never forget her passion for others.

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