drill

1
[ dril ]
/ drɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to pierce or bore something with or as with a drill.
to go through exercise in military or other training.

Nearby words

  1. drifting cloud, the,
  2. driftless area,
  3. driftpin,
  4. driftwood,
  5. drifty,
  6. drill bit,
  7. drill chuck,
  8. drill corps,
  9. drill down,
  10. drill pipe

Origin of drill

1
1605–15; < Dutch dril (noun), drillen (v.)

Related formsdrill·a·ble, adjectivedrill·a·bil·i·ty, noundrill·er, nounun·drill·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

3. See exercise.

drill

2
[ dril ]
/ drɪl /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to sow (seed) in drills.
to sow or plant (soil, a plot of ground, etc.) in drills.

verb (used without object)

to sow seed in drills.

Origin of drill

2
1720–30; compare drill rill, German Rille furrow, rillen to groove

Related formsdrill·er, noun

drill

3
[ dril ]
/ drɪl /

noun

a strong, twilled cotton fabric.

Origin of drill

3
First recorded in 1735–45; short for drilling2

drill

4
[ dril ]
/ drɪl /

noun

a large, baboonlike monkey, Mandrillus leucophaeus, of western Africa, similar to the related mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored: now endangered.

Origin of drill

4
1635–45; of obscure origin; cf. mandrill

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British Dictionary definitions for drill

drill

1
/ (drɪl) /

noun

verb

See also drill down

Derived Formsdrillable, adjectivedriller, noun

Word Origin for drill

C17: from Middle Dutch drillen; related to Old High German drāen to turn

noun

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

verb

to plant (seeds) by means of a drill
Derived Formsdriller, noun

Word Origin for drill

C18: of uncertain origin; compare German Rille furrow

noun

a hard-wearing twill-weave cotton cloth, used for uniforms, etc

Word Origin for drill

C18: variant of German Drillich, from Latin trilīx, from tri- + līcium thread

noun

an Old World monkey, Mandrillus leucophaeus, of W Africa, related to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly coloured

Word Origin for drill

C17: from a West African word; compare mandrill

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