from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Work or ornamentation done with tools, especially stamped or gilded designs on leather.
  • n. The process of providing a factory with machinery in preparation for production.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of tool.
  • n. Work or ornamentation done with a tool.
  • n. the provision of tools for an industrial process

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Work performed with a tool.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Workmanship performed with a tool, as the chisel, graver, chasing-tool, etc.


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  • In rare/antique book business, the decorations imprinted into a leather book binding. Can be blind-tooled (using no color) or gilt-tooled (using gold leaf).

    February 22, 2007