Tool vs Methodology - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between tool and methodology

is that tool is (senseid)a mechanical device intended to make a task easier while methodology is the study of methods used in a field.

As a verb tool

is to work on or shape with tools, eg, hand-tooled leather .



(wikipedia tool)


(en noun)
  • (senseid)A mechanical device intended to make a task easier.
  • Equipment used in a profession, e.g., tools of the trade.
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  • Something to perform an operation; an instrument; a means.
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  • (computing) A piece of software used to develop software or hardware, or to perform low-level operations.
  • A person or group which is used or controlled, usually unwittingly, by another person or group.
  • (slang) Penis.
  • (by extension, slang, pejorative) An obnoxious or uptight person.
  • Synonyms

    * See also * See also

    Derived terms

    * toolbar * toolbox * toolchain * tool chest * tooling * toolkit * toolless * toollike * toolmaker * toolset


    (en verb)
  • To work on or shape with tools, e.g., hand-tooled leather .
  • To equip with tools.
  • To work very hard.
  • (slang) 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.
  • (volleyball) To intentionally attack the ball so that it deflects off a blocker out of bounds.
  • (transitive, UK, slang, dated) To drive (a coach, etc.)
  • Synonyms

    * (volleyball) use

    Derived terms

    * tool around


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    (wikipedia methodology) (methodologies)
  • The study of methods used in a field.
  • (proscribed) A collection of methods, practices, procedures and rules used by those who work in some field.
  • The implementation of such methods etc.
  • Usage notes

    Etymologically, methodology' refers to the ''study'' of methods. Thus the use of '''methodology as a synonym for (methods) (or other simple terms such as ''means,'' ''technique,'' or ''procedure ) is proscribed as both inaccurate and pretentious.

    Derived terms

    * methodological * methodologically