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tool: 1. n. A program used primarily to create, manipulate,
   modify, or analyze other programs, such as a compiler or an editor
   or a cross-referencing program.  Oppose app, operating
   system.  2. [UNIX] An 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. [MIT: general to students
   there] vi. To work; to study (connotes tedium).  The TMRC
   Dictionary defined this as "to set one's brain to the
   grindstone".  See hack.  4. [MIT] n. A student who studies
   too much and hacks too little.  (MIT's student humor magazine
   rejoices in the name "Tool and Die".)