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diamond drill

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  1. a drill having a hollow, cylindrical bit set with diamonds, used for obtaining cores of rock samples.

Origin of diamond drill

First recorded in 1820–30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for diamond drill

Historical Examples

  • The man who can bore into the basalt of that mass must have a diamond-drill.

    The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2

    Elizabeth Bisland

  • In the river wash-borings were made from a floating pile-driver on which was installed a diamond-drill outfit of rods, pump, etc.