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).
The TMRC Dictionary defined this as "to set one's brain to the grindstone".
MIT's student humour magazine rejoices in the name "Tool and Die".
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