- 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.
- Computers. to move through a hierarchical system in order to view data at a lower level, as to find a specific file or database record.
- to access and examine something more thoroughly or in more detail:Now that you have the big picture, let’s drill down to some technical facts and statistics.
Origin of drill1
synonym study for drill
OTHER WORDS FROM drilldrill·a·ble, adjectivedrill·a·bil·i·ty [dril-uh-bil-i-tee], /ˌdrɪl əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noundrill·er, nounun·drill·a·ble, adjective
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Origin of drill2
OTHER WORDS FROM drilldriller, noun
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does drill mean?
In music and pop culture, drill is a style of hip-hop known for grim, violent lyrics and gritty, intense beats. Drawing on Southern rap, drill originated in Chicago in the 2010s and influenced, among others, a UK style of hip-hop known as UK drill.
What are some other words related to drill?
- mumble rap
- trap music
Where does drill come from?
Drill is a type of trap music—a popular and influential Southern hip-hop genre characterized by dark, raw electronic beats and aggressive, provocative lyrics involving drugs and crime—that originated in Chicago, Illinois, in the 2010s.
Some key early rappers of the drill scene are Pacman, King Louie, and Chief Keef. Big artists from other hip-hop genres, including Kanye West and Drake, helped popularize drill, notably when Kanye West remixed Chief Keef’s 2012 “I Don’t Like” in 2013.
Like the tool and action the word originally defines, drill is intended to evoke violent and sexual aspects of a hard-hitting lifestyle or circumstances. (Talk about hard-hitting: hammer drills can pierce holes into concrete and brick.)
While some may find the application of the word drill to hip-hop alarming or challenging, drill has been used as sexual slang since the early 1600s and as slang for shooting someone since the late 1700s. Drill metaphors also have yielded such expressions as drilling someone (yelling at them), drilling information into something (so they learn it), or military drill.
Around 2012, Chicago drill music began influencing what’s called UK drill, originating in the South London neighborhood of Britxon. It also draws from such UK-based genres as grime, garage, and road rap. Like Chicago drill, UK drill deals with experiences of poverty, public housing, drug-dealing, and street violence.
The graphic, almost nihilistic content of drill music has drawn condemnation, with some critics concerned that the music glorified, and therefore, encouraged violence. In summer 2018, London’s Metropolitan Police, for instance, took down a number of YouTube drill music videos over concerns about a spike in knife-related crimes.
Many drill artists and fans, however, think the music exposes the harsh realities of Black poverty—its stylistic characteristics are a form of social critique and commentary.
How is drill used in real life?
Drill can refer to the genre itself—also called drill music, drill rap, or drill hip-hop.
No hip-hop scene has been as impactful as drill
Here are 11 songs that tell its story https://t.co/d6HJ02gcsX
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) October 15, 2019
Drill is often used attributively, too, as in drill artist or drill scene.
For @DJmag, I enjoyed writing about @YukkiVisuals, @ProdByWalkz, @rashidkasirye of @linkuptv + Kingsley Okyere of @MixtapeMadness, who are some of the most exciting creatives taking the UK drill scene to newer heights.https://t.co/YKNZv6ewqr
— ethan (@ethanherlock) April 29, 2020
In addition to Chicago drill and UK drill, there is a noted drill scene in New York City, commonly referred to as New York drill or Brooklyn (BK) drill.
Drake using his U.K. accent on a BK drill beat. pic.twitter.com/x6wzyJ94is
— Chris Prothro (@chrisprothro) May 1, 2020
More examples of drill:
“In recent years, the highly aggressive lyrics in drill music have been the cause of great debate over whether or not they’re influencing the violence plaguing Chicago.”
—Tony Delerme, HuffPost, December 2014
“The similarities between life in Chicago and Brooklyn inspired Sheff to channel the spirit and passion of drill into his own music … Sheff made clear that his take on drill was a showcase for lyricism, and for Brooklyn’s trademark unbothered attitude.”
—Pitchfork, Alphonse Pierre, May 2019
How to use drill in a sentence
The link is about as thick as the human skull, and Musk said it could plop neatly onto the surface of the brain through a drill hole that could then be sealed with superglue.Elon Musk’s Neuralink is neuroscience theater|David Rotman|August 30, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Collen gave Laney the green light after seeing her dominate early shooting drills in practice.These 3 Breakout Stars Are Making The Most Of The WNBA Bubble|Howard Megdal|August 14, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
During several trips to Greenland, he and NASA researchers tested a drill that can cut through hundreds of feet of ice, measuring organic matter and other “biosignatures” as it goes down.
In 2017 and 2019, we went to the Greenland ice sheet to test a drill you could take to Europa.
Coaches can create drills to help players focus on those shots.Why sports are becoming all about numbers — lots and lots of numbers|Silke Schmidt|May 21, 2020|Science News For Students
Prince may have pranced around like a carefree libertine onstage, but in rehearsal he was more drill sergeant than sprite.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’|Jennie Yabroff|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Carrie Arnold|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For example, studies cited in the report have shown a higher incidence of birth defects for people living near drill sites.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban|Jay Michaelson|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
And as it turns out, those adorable pink drill bits are potentially facilitating the addition of carcinogens into the environment.The Misogynistic Companies Jumping On The Breast Cancer Bandwagon|Emily Shire|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His drill-like nose, his powerful fore-legs and big, strong feet all served to make him the fastest digger in Pleasant Valley.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
A minikin three-and-a-half-feet Colonel, being one day at the drill, was examining a strapper of six feet four.
She rode the drill every day, like any soldier; and she could take the bugle and direct the evolutions herself.A Horse's Tale|Mark Twain
They were learning how to drill, how to fire, how to dig ditches and build impromptu forts in haste.Ways of War and Peace|Delia Austrian
It was explained that great difficulty frequently exists in getting firemen to take part in a boat drill.Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic'|British Government
British Dictionary definitions for drill (1 of 4)
- training in procedures or movements, as for ceremonial parades or the use of weapons
- (as modifier)drill hall