- See the tool category for a complete list of tools.
- "How many times do I have to tell you? The right tool for the right job."
A tool was a device that provides a mechanical advantage in accomplishing a task or enables the accomplishment of a task not otherwise possible. A wielder of a tool was called an artisan. (TOS: "Who Mourns for Adonais?")
Captain Jonathan Archer explained the Novans Jamin and Nadet, that his "Sky Ship" had tools which could help them to find out what happened on Terra Nova. Doctor Phlox cited his medical scanner as such a tool because it could tell him that Nadet was sick. (ENT: "Terra Nova")
People were sometimes used as tools, sometimes against their will or without their knowledge. In 2266, Lenore Karidian lamented that Captain James T. Kirk used her as a tool against her father, Anton Karidian. (TOS: "The Conscience of the King")
During his construction of a replica of a Bajoran lightship in 2371, Commander Benjamin Sisko explained to Chief Miles O'Brien that he wanted to use the same tools the ancient Bajorans had. (DS9: "Explorers")