implement

implement n Implement, tool, instrument, appliance, utensil mean a relatively simple device for performing a me-chanical or manual operation. Nearly all of these words (the distinct exception is appliance) are interchangeable in their general senses, but custom and usage have greatly restricted them in their specific and most common applications.
An implement, in general, is anything that is requisite to effecting the end one has in view or to performing the work one undertakes
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the implements of modern warfare consist of all the weapons necessary to a well- equipped army, navy, and air force

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mathematics is still the necessary implement for the manipulation of nature— Russell

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In specific use implement is the usual term when the reference is to a contrivance for tilling the soil (as a spade, a plow, a harrow, or a cultivator)
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farming implements

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gardening implements

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Historically it is the preferred term for any of the articles which are essential to the performance of a religious service
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the implements of the Mass include vestments as well as chalice, paten, and altar stone

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It is also the usual term for the devices made especially from stone or wood by primitive peoples as weapons or for use in digging, carrying, or lifting or in making clothing and equipment.
A tool, in general, is anything that facilitates the accomplishment of the end one has in view; it is therefore something particularly adapted in its nature or by its construction to make possible or relatively easy the work one is doing
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it's difficult to be a good cook without the proper tools

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a scholar needs foreign languages as tools

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comparison and analysis .. . are the chief tools of the critic— T. S. Eliot

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In specific use tool is the preferred term when reference is made to the implements used by artisans (as carpenters and mechanics) or craftsmen in accomplishing a particular kind of work (as sawing, boring, piercing, or chipping)
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a saw, a gimlet, an awl, a chisel are tools

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Ordinarily tool suggests manipulation by the hand, but some machines for doing work that may be accomplished more slowly by manual labor and tools are called machine tools (as the lathe).
An instrument (see also MEAN n 2, PAPER 1) is in general a delicately constructed device by means of which work (not exclusively a mechanical operation) may be accomplished with precision. Many instruments are by definition tools, but instrument is the preferred term among persons (as surgeons, dentists, draftsmen, surveyors, and artists) whose technique requires delicate tools and expertness and finesse in their manipulation. Some instruments, however, are not tools, but implements in the larger sense, for they are requisite to the achieving of definite purposes but do not necessarily facilitate any manual operations
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a thermometer and a barometer are recording instruments essential to the meteorologist

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a telescope is an astronomical instrument

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a piano, a violin, a cello are musical instruments by means of which a performer evokes musical sounds

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language is the essential instrument for the acquirement and communication of ideas— Shehan

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An appliance may be a device that adapts a tool or machine to a special purpose usually under the guidance of a hand; thus, a dentist's drill may be called an appliance when it is attached to a dental engine; in industry an appliance is often distinguished from a tool, though they may both do the same kind of work, in that a tool is manipulated by hand and an appliance is moved and regulated by machinery. Additionally, an appliance may be a device or apparatus designed for a particular use and especially one (as a mechanical refrigerator or a vacuum cleaner) that utilizes an external power supply, especially an electric current.
A utensil is in general anything that is useful in accomplishing work (as cooking and cleaning) associated with the household; it may be applied to tools (as egg- beaters, graters, rolling pins, brooms, and mops) used in cookery and other household work, but it is most commonly applied to containers (as pots, pans, pails, and jars), especially those which form part of the kitchen, dairy, or bedroom equipment. Consequently utensil, in other than household use, often means a vessel
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sacred utensils of a church

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Analogous words: *machine, mechanism, apparatus: contrivance, *device, contraption, gadget
implement vb *enforce
Analogous words: effect, fulfill, execute, achieve, accomplish, *perform: *realize, actualize, materialize

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  • implement — [im′plə mənt; ] for v. [, im′pləment΄] n. [ME < LL implementum, a filling up < L implere, to fill up < in , in + plere, to fill: see FULL1] 1. any article or device used or needed in a given activity; tool, instrument, utensil, etc. 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Implement — Im ple*ment, v. t. 1. To accomplish; to fulfill. [R.] [1913 Webster] Revenge . . . executed and implemented by the hand of Vanbeest Brown. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. To provide with an implement or implements; to cause to be fulfilled,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • implement — I verb accomplish, achieve, actualize, bring about, bring off, bring to pass, carry into effect, carry into execution, carry out, carry through, complete, consummate, discharge, do, effect, effectuate, enact, enforce, execute, fulfill, give force …   Law dictionary

  • implement — UK US /ˈɪmplɪment/ verb [T] ► to put a plan into action: to implement a plan/policy/measure »The corporation has implemented a new compensation plan for its sales force. »to implement a change/program/recommendation ► IT to begin to use a new… …   Financial and business terms

  • Implement — Im ple*ment ([i^]m pl[ e]*ment), n. [LL. implementum accomplishment, fr. L. implere, impletum, to fill up, finish, complete; pref. im in + plere to fill. The word was perh. confused with OF. empleier, emploier, to employ, F. employer, whence E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Implement — Implement(s) may refer to:* Implementation mdash; the process for putting a design, plan or policy into effect. * A class of tools mdash; such as farm implements or writing implements …   Wikipedia

  • implement — [n] agent, tool apparatus, appliance, contraption, contrivance, device, equipment, gadget, instrument, machine, utensil; concept 499 implement [v] start, put into action achieve, actualize, bring about, carry out, complete, effect, enable,… …   New thesaurus

  • implement — as a verb, is a useful word used first in Scotland in the sense ‘to put (a treaty, agreement, etc.) into effect’, a meaning it still has in general usage. In the 20c its use has been greatly extended to cover any kind of idea, policy, proposal,… …   Modern English usage

  • implement — ► NOUN ▪ a tool, utensil, or other piece of equipment, used for a particular purpose. ► VERB ▪ put into effect. DERIVATIVES implementation noun implementer noun. ORIGIN from Latin implere fill up , later employ …   English terms dictionary

  • implement — I UK [ˈɪmplɪˌment] / US [ˈɪmpləˌment] verb [transitive] Word forms implement : present tense I/you/we/they implement he/she/it implements present participle implementing past tense implemented past participle implemented ** to make something such …   English dictionary

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