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.

Origin of drill

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

Related forms

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

Synonym study

3. See exercise.

Definition for drill (2 of 4)

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 forms

drill·er, noun

Definition for drill (3 of 4)

drill

3
[ dril ]
/ drɪl /

noun

a strong, twilled cotton fabric.

Origin of drill

3
First recorded in 1735–45; short for drilling2

Definition for drill (4 of 4)

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 (1 of 4)

drill

1
/ (drɪl) /

noun

verb

See also drill down

Derived Forms

drillable, adjectivedriller, noun

Word Origin for drill

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

British Dictionary definitions for drill (2 of 4)

drill

2
/ (drɪl) /

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 Forms

driller, noun

Word Origin for drill

C18: of uncertain origin; compare German Rille furrow

British Dictionary definitions for drill (3 of 4)

drill

3

drilling

/ (drɪl) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for drill (4 of 4)

drill

4
/ (drɪl) /

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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