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General hand tools

adjustable spanner

noun

a spanner (=metal tool for making things tighter or looser) with a head that can be moved to work on nuts and bolts of different sizes

Allen key

noun

a simple L-shaped metal tool used for turning a screw that has a hole with six sides in the top

applicator

noun

an object used for putting a substance on the surface of something

awl

noun

a tool used for making small holes in wood and leather, consisting of a wooden handle and a thin sharp metal point

bellows

noun

a tool used for blowing air into a fire. It consists of a leather bag between two wooden boards that you pull apart and push together.

bit

noun

a tool or part of a tool used for cutting or making holes in things

blowlamp

noun

a piece of equipment that uses a controlled flame, especially to burn off paint and other substances from surfaces

blowtorch

noun

a blowlamp

bradawl

noun

a tool with a sharp point, used for making holes in wood, leather, or cloth

branding iron

noun

a tool used for burning marks onto the skin of an animal such as a cow, to show who owns it

buzz saw

noun

an electric tool for cutting materials such as wood and metal. It has a round blade that goes around at high speed.

callipers

noun

a tool consisting of two long narrow pieces of metal joined at one end, used for measuring the diameter (=width) of a round object or a tube

chisel

noun

a tool with a flat metal blade used for cutting wood or stone

clamp

noun

a tool used for holding or fastening two things together firmly

claw hammer

noun

a hammer with two curved metal parts on its head that are used for pulling nails out of wood

clippers

noun

an object used for cutting things to make them tidy, consisting of two blades that you press or push together

crowbar

noun

a metal bar with a curved end, used for forcing open heavy objects such as doors

cutter

noun

a tool used for cutting something

die

noun

a block of metal used for pressing or cutting something into a shape or pattern

drill

noun

a tool used for making a hole in something. A drill that uses electricity is called an electric drill and a drill that works when you turn a handle is called a hand drill

file

noun

a metal tool used for making wood or metal smooth

gavel

noun

a small wooden hammer that someone in such as a judge knocks on a table to emphasize a decision, or so that people will listen

gimlet

noun

a small tool used for making holes in leather or wood

gouge

noun

a tool with a curved blade that is used for digging out part of something solid

grappling iron

noun

an iron object with hooks that you tie to the end of a rope and use for holding the rope in place

grease gun

noun

a tool used for forcing grease into machine parts

guillotine

noun

a tool used for cutting paper, consisting of a long blade fixed to a board

gun

noun

a tool used for forcing something out of its container using a lot of pressure

hacksaw

noun

a type of saw that you use for cutting metal

hammer

noun

a tool used for hitting things or forcing nails into wood that consists of a handle and a heavy metal top with one flat side

hook

noun

a curved piece of metal or plastic fixed to a pole or with a handle at the other end, used for catching hold of something

ice axe

noun

a metal tool that mountain climbers use to cut into ice to make places to hold onto with their hands or feet

ice pick

noun

a metal tool with a sharp point, used for breaking ice

jemmy

noun

a long narrow piece of metal that is used to open a lock, window, or door using force

jimmy

an American spelling of jemmy

last

noun

a metal, wooden, or plastic model in the shape of a human foot, used by someone who makes shoes

level

noun

a spirit level

mallet

noun

a wooden hammer with a large piece of wood or rubber on the end

measure

noun

an object such as a ruler used for finding out a particular measurement

monkey wrench

noun

a spanner that can be used to turn nuts of different sizes

pick

noun

a tool used for breaking roads and other hard surfaces consisting of a curved metal bar with one pointed end and one flat end and a long handle

pickax

the American spelling of pickaxe

pickaxe

noun

a tool used for breaking roads and other hard surfaces. It has a long handle and a heavy curved metal blade that has one pointed end and one flat end.

pincers

noun

a tool made like scissors but with ends used for holding things rather than cutting them

pinking shears

noun

scissors used for cutting cloth that leave an edge that is a series of notches

pitchfork

noun

a tool like a large fork, used on farms for lifting and carrying hay

pliers

noun

a metal tool that looks like a strong pair of scissors, used for holding small objects or for bending or cutting wire

plumb line

noun

a piece of string with a metal object fixed to the bottom, used for checking whether a wall is straight or for measuring the depth of water

plunger

noun

an object used for pulling dirt out of a sink, bath etc that is blocked. It consists of a rubber cup fixed to a short stick.

pooper scooper

noun

a small tool for cleaning up your dog’s waste from a public place

punch

noun

a tool for making a hole in something

rasp

noun

a metal tool with a rough surface, used for shaping wood or metal by rubbing it

rule

noun

a ruler

saw

noun

a tool used for cutting wood or metal, consisting of a handle and a metal blade with several sharp teeth along one edge

scissors

noun

a tool for cutting paper, consisting of two blades joined in a cross that you open and shut like jaws

scoop

noun

a tool like a spoon with a deep round part, used for measuring or serving various substances

scraper

noun

a tool with a handle and a sharp edge, used for removing a layer of something from a surface

screwdriver

noun

a tool used for turning screws

sharpener

noun

a tool used for making something sharp, especially pencils or knives

shoehorn

noun

a curved object that you use for helping you to put your shoe on

siphon

noun

a tube used for siphoning liquid from one container to another

sledgehammer

noun

a long heavy hammer that you swing with both hands

soldering iron

noun

a tool used for heating solder and joining metal surfaces together

spanner

noun

a metal tool that you use for turning small pieces of metal called nuts to make them tighter

spatula

noun

a similar tool used for applying paint or some other substance to a surface

spirit level

noun

a tool for measuring how level a surface is, usually used by someone who is building something such as a house or a wall

spudger

noun

a tool used for opening the case of a computer, mobile phone, etc and moving or removing small parts such as wires or sim cards

staple gun

noun

a tool used for putting large heavy staples into wood or brick

steel

noun

a metal bar used for making blades on knives or scissors sharp

stirrer

noun

a small stick used for mixing things

stripper

noun

a tool or a chemical used for removing paint, wallpaper etc

strop

noun

a piece of leather used for keeping the blade of a razor sharp

strop

noun

a short rope or piece of leather tied in a way that forms a ring, used for lifting heavy things

tape

noun

a tape measure

tape measure

noun

a tool for measuring things that consists of a long narrow piece of cloth, soft plastic, or thin metal with numbers on it

tongs

noun

a metal or plastic object that consists of two connected arms that you push together in order to pick something up

torch

noun

a tool with a flame at one end that is used for joining pieces of metal together or removing paint

trowel

noun

a small tool with a flat blade used for spreading substances such as cement or plaster onto bricks or walls

tweezers

noun

a tool that you use for picking up or removing very small objects. It consists of two narrow pieces of metal joined at one end

vice

noun

a tool used for holding an object firmly while you are working with it

vise

the American spelling of vice

wand

noun

any tool that has the shape of a thin stick

weight

noun

a piece of metal that weighs a particular amount, used for measuring how much something else weighs

whetstone

noun

a stone on which you rub metal blades in order to make them sharper

wire cutters

noun

a tool shaped like scissors, used for cutting wire

wrench

noun

a spanner

wrench

noun

an adjustable spanner

yardstick

noun

a stick that is one yard in length, used for measuring things

dowser

noun

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