- Machinery, Building Trades.
- a shaftlike tool with two or more cutting edges for making holes in firm materials, especially by rotation.
- a tool, especially a hand tool, for holding and operating such a tool.
- training in formal marching or other precise military or naval movements.
- an exercise in such training: gun drill.
- any strict, methodical, repetitive, or mechanical training, instruction, or exercise: a spelling drill.
- the correct or customary manner of proceeding.
- Also called snail bore. a gastropod, Urosalpinx cinera, that bores holes in shellfish, as oysters.
- to pierce or bore a hole in (something).
- to make (a hole) by boring.
- Military. to instruct and exercise in formation marching and movement, in the carrying of arms during formal marching, and in the formal handling of arms for ceremonies and guard work.
- to impart (knowledge) by strict training, discipline, or repetition.
- to pierce or bore something with or as with a drill.
- to go through exercise in military or other training.
Origin of drill1
- a small furrow made in the soil in which to sow seeds.
- a row of seeds or plants thus sown.
- a machine for sowing in rows and for covering the seeds when sown.
- to sow (seed) in drills.
- to sow or plant (soil, a plot of ground, etc.) in drills.
- to sow seed in drills.
Origin of drill2
- a strong, twilled cotton fabric.
Origin of drill3
- a large, baboonlike monkey, Mandrillus leucophaeus, of western Africa, similar to the related mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored: now endangered.
Origin of drill4
Examples from the Web for drill
As I forced my exhausted body to exercise, I yelled at my legs like a drill sergeant, demanding five more minutes or one more set.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
In place of horses, underclassmen would pull the field pieces around the drill ground.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Meanwhile, here comes another presidential election, and we know the drill.Our Lame Cult of the Presidency
October 14, 2014
Their knees and elbows have punctures from a 10mm drill bit.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
The data is collected by month, but by clicking on a month, you can drill down a step further into the day-by-day activity.The Best Quantified Self Site You Haven’t Heard Of
Jamie Todd Rubin
August 5, 2014
In the meantime Simba, with great enthusiasm, continued his drill of the askaris.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
A full complement of men worked at every lathe, table, drill or saw.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Yet we dipped into that gold; we stuck the drill right down into it.
His drill had told these beasts that there was other life above.
But the defense was organized—a drill between three men and a river.The Flood
- a rotating tool that is inserted into a drilling machine or tool for boring cylindrical holes
- a hand tool, either manually or electrically operated, for drilling holes
- training in procedures or movements, as for ceremonial parades or the use of weapons
- (as modifier)drill hall
- strict and often repetitious training or exercises used as a method of teaching
- informal correct procedure or routine
- a marine gastropod mollusc, Urosalpinx cinera, closely related to the whelk, that preys on oysters
- to pierce, bore, or cut (a hole) in (material) with or as if with a drillto drill a hole; to drill metal
- to instruct or be instructed in military procedures or movements
- (tr) to teach by rigorous exercises or training
- (tr) informal to hit (a ball) in a straight line at great speed
- (tr) informal to riddle with bullets
- a machine for planting seeds in rows or depositing fertilizer
- a small furrow in which seeds are sown
- a row of seeds planted using a drill
- to plant (seeds) by means of a drill
- a hard-wearing twill-weave cotton cloth, used for uniforms, etc
- an Old World monkey, Mandrillus leucophaeus, of W Africa, related to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly coloured
Word Origin and History for drill
"tool for making holes," 1610s, from Dutch dril, drille "a hole, instrument for boring holes," from drillen "to bore (a hole), turn around, whirl" (see drill (v.)).
"small furrow," 1727; also "machine for sowing seeds" (1731), from obsolete drill "rill, trickling stream" (1640s), of unknown origin; perhaps connected to drill (n.1).
"West African baboon species," 1640s, perhaps from a native word (cf. mandrill).
kind of coarse, twilled cloth, 1743, from French drill, from German drillich "heavy, coarse cotton or linen fabric," from Old High German adjective drilich "threefold," from Latin trilix (genitive trilicis) "triply twilled" (see trellis). So called in reference to the method of weaving it.
c.1600 (implied in drilling), from Dutch drillen "to bore (a hole), turn around, whirl," from Proto-Germanic *threljanan (cf. Middle High German drillen "to turn, round off, bore," Old Engish þyrel "hole"), from PIE *tere- "to turn, rub" (see throw (v.)). Sense of "to instruct in military exercise" is 1620s (also in Dutch drillen and in the Danish and German cognates), probably from the notion of troops "turning" in maneuvers. Extended noun sense of "the agreed-upon procedure" is from 1940. Related: Drilled.