1. <tool> A program used primarily to create, manipulate, modify, or analyse other programs, such as a compiler or an editor or a cross-referencing program.
Opposite: app, operating system.
2. A Unix application program with a simple, "transparent" (typically text-stream) interface designed specifically to be used in programmed combination with other tools (see filter, plumbing).
3. <jargon> (MIT: general to students there) To work; to study (connotes tedium).
The TMRC Dictionary defined this as "to set one's brain to the grindstone".
4. <jargon, person> (MIT) A student who studies too much and hacks too little.
MIT's student humour magazine rejoices in the name "Tool and Die".
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