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drilling

1
[ dril-ing ]
/ ˈdrɪl ɪŋ /
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noun

the act of a person or thing that drills.

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RELATED WORDS

penetrate, dig, punch, hone, accustom, rehearse, practice, break, instruct, habituate, teach, exercise, pierce, perforate, prick, puncture

Nearby words

drill press, drill rig, drill string, drill team, drill tower, drilling, drilling mud, drilling platform, drilling rig, drillmaster, drillship

Origin of drilling

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

Definition for drilling (2 of 4)

drilling

2
[ dril-ing ]
/ ˈdrɪl ɪŋ /

noun

Origin of drilling

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

Definition for drilling (3 of 4)

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

Synonym study

3. See exercise.

Definition for drilling (4 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 formsdrill·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for drilling (1 of 4)

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

British Dictionary definitions for drilling (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 Formsdriller, noun

Word Origin for drill

C18: of uncertain origin; compare German Rille furrow

British Dictionary definitions for drilling (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 drilling (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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