drilling

1
[dril-ing]

noun

the act of a person or thing that drills.

Nearby words

  1. drill press,
  2. drill rig,
  3. drill string,
  4. drill team,
  5. drill tower,
  6. drilling mud,
  7. drilling platform,
  8. drilling rig,
  9. drillmaster,
  10. drillship

Origin of drilling

1
First recorded in 1615–25; drill1 + -ing1

drilling

2
[dril-ing]

noun

Origin of drilling

2
1630–40; alteration of German Drillich, itself alteration of Latin trilīx triple-twilled (German dri- three- replacing Latin tri-)

drill

1
[dril]

noun

Machinery, Building Trades.
  1. a shaftlike tool with two or more cutting edges for making holes in firm materials, especially by rotation.
  2. a tool, especially a hand tool, for holding and operating such a tool.
Military.
  1. training in formal marching or other precise military or naval movements.
  2. 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.

verb (used with object)

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.

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

Synonym study

3. See exercise.

drill

2
[dril]

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

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British Dictionary definitions for drilling

drill

1

noun

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
military
  1. training in procedures or movements, as for ceremonial parades or the use of weapons
  2. (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

verb

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
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

drill

2

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

drill

3

drilling

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

drill

4

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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