Definition of Drill

1. Noun. A tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows).

2. Verb. Make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool. "Carpenter bees are boring holes into the wall"
Exact synonyms: Bore
Specialized synonyms: Spud, Counter-drill, Trepan
Generic synonyms: Cut
Derivative terms: Bore, Bore, Borer, Borer, Drilling, Drilling, Electric Drill

3. Noun. Similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored.
Exact synonyms: Mandrillus Leucophaeus
Generic synonyms: Baboon

4. Verb. Train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons.
Generic synonyms: Develop, Educate, Prepare, Train

5. Noun. Systematic training by multiple repetitions. "Practice makes perfect"

6. Verb. Learn by repetition. "Pianists practice scales"
Exact synonyms: Exercise, Practice, Practise
Generic synonyms: Learn, Read, Study, Take
Derivative terms: Exercise, Practice

7. Noun. (military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms.

8. Verb. Teach by repetition.
Specialized synonyms: Beat In, Drill In, Hammer In, Ram Down, Inculcate, Infuse, Instill
Generic synonyms: Instruct, Learn, Teach

9. Verb. Undergo military training or do military exercises.
Generic synonyms: Prepare, Train

Definition of Drill

1. v. t. To pierce or bore with a drill, or a with a drill; to perforate; as, to drill a hole into a rock; to drill a piece of metal.

2. v. i. To practice an exercise or exercises; to train one's self.

3. n. An instrument with an edged or pointed end used for making holes in hard substances; strictly, a tool that cuts with its end, by revolving, as in drilling metals, or by a succession of blows, as in drilling stone; also, a drill press.

4. v. t. To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling; as, waters drilled through a sandy stratum.

5. v. i. To trickle.

6. n. A small trickling stream; a rill.

7. n. A large African baboon (Cynocephalus leucophæus).

8. n. Same as Drilling.

Definition of Drill

1. Verb. (transitive) To create (a hole) by removing material with a drill (gloss tool). ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To practice, especially in a military context. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To repeat an idea frequently in order to encourage someone to remember it. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To investigate or examine something in more detail or at a different level ¹

5. Verb. (ergative) To cause one's subordinates to drill (gloss practice). ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To hit or kick with a lot of power. ¹

7. Noun. A tool used to remove material so as to create a hole, typically by plunging a rotating cutting bit into a stationary workpiece. ¹

8. Noun. The portion of a drilling tool that drives the bit ¹

9. Noun. An activity done as an exercise or practice (especially a military exercise) ¹

10. Noun. Any of several molluscs, of the genus ''Urosalpinx'', that drill holes in the shells of other animals ¹

11. Noun. An Old World monkey of West Africa, ''Mandrillus leucophaeus'', similar in appearance to the mandrill, but lacking the colorful face. ¹

12. Noun. A strong, durable cotton fabric with a strong bias (diagonal) in the weave. ¹

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Definition of Drill

1. to bore a hole in [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Drill

1. 1. To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling; as, waters drilled through a sandy stratum. 2. To sow, as seeds, by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row, like a trickling rill of water. 3. To entice; to allure from step; to decoy; with on. "See drilled him on to five-fifty." (Addison) 4. To cause to slip or waste away by degrees. " This accident hath drilled away the whole summer." (Swift) Origin: Cf. Trill to trickle, Trickle, Dribble, and W. Rhillio to put in a row, drill. 1. A small trickling stream; a rill. "Springs through the pleasant meadows pour their drills." (Sandys) 2. An implement for making holes for sowing seed, and sometimes so formed as to contain seeds and drop them into the hole made. A light furrow or channel made to put seed into sowing. A row of seed sown in a furrow. Drill is used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound; as, drill barrow or drill-barrow; drill husbandry; drill plow or drill-plow. Drill barrow, a wheeled implement for planting seed in drills. Drill bow, a small bow used for the purpose of rapidly turning a drill around which the bowstring takes a turn. Drill harrow, a harrow used for stirring the ground between rows, or drills. Drill plow, or Drill plough, a sort plow for sowing grain in drills. 1. An instrument with an edged or pointed end used for making holes in hard substances; strictly, a tool that cuts with its end, by revolving, as in drilling metals, or by a succession of blows, as in drilling stone; also, a drill press. 2. The act or exercise of training soldiers in the military art, as in the manual of arms, in the execution of evolutions, and the like; hence, diligent and strict instruction and exercise in the rudiments and methods of any business; a kind or method of military exercises; as, infantry drill; battalion drill; artillery drill. 3. Any exercise, physical or mental, enforced with regularity and by constant repetition; as, a severe drill in Latin grammar. 4. A marine gastropod, of several species, which kills oysters and other bivalves by drilling holes through the shell. The most destructive kind is Urosalpinx cinerea. Bow drill, Breast drill. See Bow, Breast. Cotter drill, or Traverse drill, a machine tool for drilling slots. Diamond drill. See Diamond. Drill jig. See Jig. Drill pin, the pin in a lock which enters the hollow stem of the key. Drill sergeant, a noncommissioned officer whose office it is to instruct soldiers as to their duties, and to train them to military exercises and evolutions. Vertical drill, a drill press. A large African baboon (Cynocephalus leucophaeus). Origin: Cf. Mandrill. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Drill

drill (current term)
drill bit
drill bits
drill core
drill cores
drill down
drill downs
drill ground
drill grounds
drill hole
drill in
drill instructor
drill instructors
drill jig
drill jigs

Literary usage of Drill

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report by New South Wales Dept. of Education (1896)
"The training given to Cadets is improving year by year, and every effort is being made to improve the quality and extend the range of drill in our schools. ..."

2. Report by New South Wales Dept. of Education (1893)
"REPORT ON drill. HUGO ALPEN, Superintendent of Music. I DO myself the honor to report with regard to mv work in 1892 :— 1st. I visited and examined in ..."

3. Werner's Readings and Recitations (1900)
"r drill. 35C. 10 ruin. I large girl, girls of different sizes or any ... Same book contains eight kills. and Rachel drill and Tab” 35c. 30 mm. Any number. ..."

4. Bulletin by Federal Board for Vocational Education, United States (1917)
"See that drill is properly ground to give round hole, standard size, ... Proper method of outlining the hole and drawing the drill is essential. Lesson 2. ..."

5. The Journal of Educational Research by American Educational Research Association (1921)
"drill, therefore, is an activity which has for its purpose the reducing of ... If drill is to be made effective and economical, it must be freed from some ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Horizontal Section of Darlington's Rock-drill.—Scale ^. Air-compressing plant of ... The piston is driven rapidly downwards and the drill strikes its blow. ..."

7. Mineral Resources of Alaska: Report on Progress of Investigations in 1907 by Alfred Hulse Brooks (1908)
"Rapidity, cost, and accuracy are the three prime considerations in any drill test. The churn drill operated by steam works more rapidly when actually ..."

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