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Paraphernalia vs. Tool — What's the Difference?

Paraphernalia vs. Tool — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Paraphernalia and Tool

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Paraphernalia

Paraphernalia most commonly refers to a group of apparatus, equipment, or furnishing used for a particular activity. For example, an avid sports fan may cover his walls with football and/or basketball paraphernalia.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A tool is an object that can extend an individual's ability to modify features of the surrounding environment. Although many animals use simple tools, only human beings, whose use of stone tools dates back hundreds of millennia, have been observed using tools to make other tools.
May 20, 2022

Paraphernalia

Miscellaneous articles, especially the equipment needed for a particular activity
Drills, saws, and other paraphernalia necessary for home improvements
May 20, 2022

Tool

A device or implement, especially one held in the hand, used to carry out a particular function
Gardening tools
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Paraphernalia

Miscellaneous items, especially the set of equipment required for a particular activity.
He has an impressive collection of bicycling paraphernalia, but he doesn't ride very often anymore.
May 20, 2022
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Tool

A distinct design in the tooling of a book.
May 20, 2022

Paraphernalia

Things a married woman owns, such as clothing and jewellery, apart from her dowry.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A man's penis.
May 20, 2022

Paraphernalia

Something reserved to a wife, over and above her dower, being chiefly apparel and ornaments suited to her degree.
May 20, 2022

Tool

Impress a design on (leather, especially a leather book cover)
Volumes bound in green leather and tooled in gold
May 20, 2022

Paraphernalia

Personal belongings; ornaments; finery; sundry objects carried about for personal convenience.
May 20, 2022

Tool

Equip or be equipped with tools for industrial production
The factory must be tooled to produce the models
They were tooling up for production
May 20, 2022

Paraphernalia

The appendages, apparatus, or equipment used in a particular activity; as, surveyors unloading their paraphernalia from a van.
May 20, 2022

Tool

Drive or ride in a casual or leisurely manner
Tooling around town in a pink Rolls-Royce
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Paraphernalia

Equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
May 20, 2022

Tool

Dress (stone) with a chisel.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A device, such as a saw, shovel, or drill, used to perform or facilitate manual or mechanical work.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A machine, such as a lathe, used to cut and shape machine parts or other objects.
May 20, 2022

Tool

The cutting part of such a machine.
May 20, 2022

Tool

Something regarded as necessary to the carrying out of one's occupation or profession
Words are the tools of our trade.
May 20, 2022

Tool

Something used in the performance of an operation; an instrument
"Modern democracies have the fiscal and monetary tools ... to end chronic slumps and galloping inflations" (Paul A. Samuelson).
May 20, 2022

Tool

Vulgar Slang The penis.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A person used to carry out the designs of another; a dupe.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A bookbinder's hand stamp.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A design impressed on a book cover by such a stamp.
May 20, 2022

Tool

(Computers) A utility program.
May 20, 2022

Tool

To form, work, or decorate with a tool.
May 20, 2022

Tool

To ornament (a book cover) with a bookbinder's tool.
May 20, 2022

Tool

(Slang) To drive (a vehicle)
Tooled the car at 80 miles an hour.
May 20, 2022

Tool

To work with a tool.
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Tool

(Slang) To drive or ride in a vehicle
Tooled up and down the roads.
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Tool

A mechanical device intended to make a task easier.
Hand me that tool, would you?
I don't have the right tools to start fiddling around with the engine.
May 20, 2022

Tool

Any piece of equipment used in a profession, e.g. a craftman's tools.
May 20, 2022

Tool

Something to perform an operation; an instrument; a means.
May 20, 2022

Tool

(computing) A piece of software used to develop software or hardware, or to perform low-level operations.
The software engineer had been developing lots of EDA tools.
A tool for recovering deleted files from a disk
May 20, 2022

Tool

A person or group which is used or controlled, usually unwittingly, by another person or group.
He was a tool, no more than a pawn to her.
May 20, 2022

Tool

An obnoxious or uptight person.
He won't sell us tickets because it's 3:01, and they went off sale at 3. That guy's such a tool.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A penis, notably with a sexual or erotic connotation.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A gun.
May 20, 2022

Tool

(transitive) To work on or shape with tools, e.g., hand-tooled leather.
May 20, 2022

Tool

(transitive) To equip with tools.
May 20, 2022

Tool

(intransitive) To work very hard.
May 20, 2022

Tool

To put down another person (possibly in a subtle, hidden way), and in that way to use him or her to meet a goal.
Dude, he's not your friend. He's just tooling you.
May 20, 2022

Tool

To intentionally attack the ball so that it deflects off a blocker out of bounds.
May 20, 2022

Tool

To drive (a coach or other vehicle).
May 20, 2022

Tool

To carry or convey in a coach or other vehicle.
May 20, 2022

Tool

To travel in a vehicle; to ride or drive.
May 20, 2022

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.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A machine for cutting or shaping materials; - also called machine tool.
May 20, 2022

Tool

Hence, any instrument of use or service.
That angry fool . . . Whipping her horse, did with his smarting toolOft whip her dainty self.
May 20, 2022

Tool

A weapon.
Him that is aghast of every tool.
May 20, 2022

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.
May 20, 2022

Tool

To shape, form, or finish with a tool.
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Tool

To drive, as a coach.
May 20, 2022

Tool

To travel in a vehicle; to ride or drive.
Boys on their bicycles tooling along the well-kept roads.
May 20, 2022

Tool

An implement used in the practice of a vocation
May 20, 2022

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
May 20, 2022

Tool

A person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
May 20, 2022

Tool

Obscene terms for penis
May 20, 2022

Tool

Drive;
The convertible tooled down the street
May 20, 2022

Tool

Ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it;
We tooled down the street
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Tool

Furnish with tools
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Tool

Work with a tool
May 20, 2022

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