Definition of toolkit in US English:



  • 1A set of tools, especially one kept in a bag or box and used for a particular purpose.

    • ‘In his dry suit with the tool kit, hammer, stakes, and a coil of yellow nylon line, he looks like some oversized cartoon character.’
    • ‘He suggested a pad for sitting on to eat lunch, a first aid kit and a tool kit for repairing bindings.’
    • ‘We all laughed, and picking up a tool kit, the two were off.’
    • ‘Remember when car accessories meant a wheel brace and a decent tool kit - if you were lucky?’
    • ‘His tool kit includes equipment for unsealing and resealing envelopes, miniature microphones, and wiretapping equipment.’
    • ‘Kat shouted, throwing her tool kit to the ground, the sound startling the twins out of their fight.’
    • ‘The government has promised a new tool kit for every apprentice and they've extended the same financial support to them as they give to university students.’
    • ‘Engineers working at the nano scale have a brand-new tool kit that's full of wonder and brimming with potential riches.’
    • ‘Add journaling to your tool kit of ways to keep yourself healthy.’
    • ‘In all, more than 55,000 copies of the tool kit have been distributed.’
    • ‘Every competent mechanic should have a correctly calibrated torque wrench in their tool kit and should use it.’
    • ‘My daughter likes making the spanners in my tool kit into some sort of xylophone.’
    • ‘The presenting problem is gender, and therapists need to have both a theoretical grasp of gender and power in relationships and a therapeutic tool kit with which to address them.’
    • ‘The department also recommends that fishermen have a First-Aid kit, a basic tool kit, a whistle and a Global Positioning System to indicate position.’
    • ‘Normally he carries the heater, chain saws, a big tool kit, a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, soda, and something for his stomach if the hamburger he eats when he takes a break at gives him a little heartburn.’
    • ‘In-depth, open-ended interviewing is the most difficult element in our tool kit of research techniques.’
    • ‘We need a legislative tool kit, tolling, congestion pricing, public-private partnerships, and we need economic rather than political priorities.’
    • ‘He said it was important for managers to take responsibility for the results, work with a clear purpose and have a tool kit to survive new situations.’
    • ‘Before you take to the road make sure at least you have the resources to get home; correct spare tire, jack, and a small tool kit.’
    • ‘When you're planning a camping trip in the outback as well as taking the swag, the esky, the fishing rod and the kitchen sink, you probably pack the recovery gear and a tool kit with a prayer you'll never need it.’
    1. 1.1Computing A set of software tools.
      • ‘As well as developing the tool kit or software upon which a number of their products were based, in his spare time Adam was also developing his own new application based on the class library.’
      • ‘The tool kit determines the requirements of a computational task and decides where and how to run it.’
      • ‘Phase one will see SGI contribute more work and code to open source graphics projects, along with the release of a Linux developer tool kit.’
      • ‘I personally find that this particular tool kit makes the RAD (rapid application development) concept finally available to Linux.’
      • ‘Whether doing code archaeology or building the next killer application, this is one of those products that should be in every tool kit.’
    2. 1.2 A personal set of resources, abilities, or skills.
      ‘the bravura of his piano writing was in the composer's toolkit from the get-go’