tool

1 [software] A command that requires interaction with the GUI before an action is performed. For example, a zoom tool requires a user to use the mouse to click on or draw a box over a digital map before the tool will cause the map to be redrawn at a larger scale.

2 [ESRI software] A geoprocessing command in ArcGIS that performs such specific tasks as clip, split, erase, or buffer.

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