A man using a drill to build a fence.
- The definition of a drill is a tool for creating holes, or a training exercise.
- An example of a drill is what one uses to put holes in a piece of wood for building.
- An example of a drill is running laps for a track team.
- To dill is defined as to make a hole, or to teach by repetitive instruction.
- An example of to drill is to make a hole in a piece of wood with a tool.
- An example of to drill is to have students repeat the multiplication tables 10 times a day.
- a tool or apparatus for boring holes in wood, metal, stone, teeth, etc.
- the sound of drilling or boring
- any of various genera of snails, esp. a saltwater species (Urosalpinx cinerea), that bores through the shells of oysters and other shellfish and consumes their flesh
- military or physical training, esp. of a group, as in marching, the manual of arms, or gymnastic exercises
- a single exercise in such training
- the process of training or teaching by the continued repetition of an exercise
- a single exercise in such training or teaching
- the method or style of drilling
- Informal the accepted or usual way of doing something
Origin of drillDutch dril from drillen, to bore, ultimately from Indo-European base an unverified form ter-, to rub (esp. with turning motion) from source throw
- to bore (a hole) in (something) with or as with a drill
- to train in military or physical exercise; specif., to exercise (troops) in close-order drill
- to teach or train by putting through repeated exercises
- to instill (ideas, facts, etc.) into someone by repeated exercises
- Informal to hit sharply: she drilled the ball past the pitcher; I drilled him with the ball
- Slang to penetrate with bullets
Origin of drillDu drillen
- to bore a hole or holes
- to engage in, or be put through, military, physical, or mental exercises
- a furrow in which seeds are planted
- a row of planted seeds
- a machine for making holes or furrows, dropping seeds into them, and covering them
Origin of drillfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to sow (seeds) in rows to improve growth and efficiency
- to plant (a field) in drills
Origin of drillfrom earlier drilling from German drillich from Old High German drilich, made of three threads from Classical Latin trilix (gen. trilicis) from tri-, tri- + licium, thread
Origin of drillfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps native term
- a. An implement with cutting edges or a pointed end for boring holes in hard materials, usually by a rotating abrasion or repeated blows; a bit.b. The hand-operated or hand-powered holder for this implement.c. A loud, harsh noise made by or as if by a powered tool of this kind.
- a. Disciplined, repetitious exercise as a means of teaching and perfecting a skill or procedure.b. A task or exercise for teaching a skill or procedure by repetition: conducted an air-raid drill; a drill for learning the multiplication tables.
- The training of soldiers in marching and the manual of arms.
- Any of various marine gastropod mollusks, chiefly of the genus Urosalpinx, that bore holes into the shells of bivalve mollusks. U. cinera is destructive to oysters.
verbdrilled, drill·ing, drills
- a. To make a hole in (a hard material) with a drill: a bit for drilling masonry.b. To make (a hole) with or as if with a drill: drills holes in trees with its chisellike bill.
- To strike or hit sharply: The batter drilled a single through the infield.
- a. To instruct thoroughly by repetition in a skill or procedure: drill pupils in grammar.b. To infuse knowledge of or skill in by repetitious instruction: drilled the correct spellings into the students' heads. See Synonyms at teach.
- To train (soldiers) in marching and the manual of arms.
- To make a hole with or as if with a drill.
- To perform a training exercise.
Origin of drillObsolete Dutch dril from drillen to bore from Middle Dutch drillen ; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A shallow trench or furrow in which seeds are planted.
- A row of planted seeds.
- A machine or implement for planting seeds in holes or furrows.
transitive verbdrilled, drill·ing, drills
- To sow (seeds) in rows.
- To plant (a field) in drills.
Origin of drillPerhaps from drill rill from Middle English drille sip
Origin of drillShort for drilling alteration of German Drillich from Middle High German drilich threefold, fabric woven with three threads from Old High German drilīh alteration ( influenced by drī three, ) ( -līh adj. suff. ) of Latin trilīx triple-twilled ; see trellis .
Origin of drillPossibly of West African origin
(third-person singular simple present drills, present participle drilling, simple past and past participle drilled)
- To create (a hole) by removing material with a drill (tool).
- Drill a small hole to start the screw in the right direction.
- (intransitive) To practice, especially in a military context.
- They drilled daily to learn the routine exactly.
- (ergative) To cause to drill (practice); to train in military arts.
- The sergeant was up by 6:00 every morning, drilling his troops.
- To repeat an idea frequently in order to encourage someone to remember it.
- The instructor drilled into us the importance of reading the instructions.
- (intransitive) To investigate or examine something in more detail or at a different level
- Drill deeper and you may find the underlying assumptions faulty.
- To hit or kick with a lot of power.
- (slang, vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with; to penetrate.
- Is this going to take long? I've got a hot date to drill the flautist at the symphony tonight. - Brian Griffin, Family Guy
- To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling.
- waters drilled through a sandy stratum
- To sow (seeds) by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row.
- A tool used to remove material so as to create a hole, typically by plunging a rotating cutting bit into a stationary workpiece.
- Wear safety glasses when operating an electric drill.
- The portion of a drilling tool that drives the bit.
- Use a drill with a wire brush to remove any rust or buildup.
- An agricultural 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, when sowing.
- A row of seed sown in a furrow.
- An activity done as an exercise or practice (especially a military exercise).
- Regular fire drills can ensure that everyone knows how to exit safely in an emergency.
- Any of several molluscs, of the genus Urosalpinx, that drill holes in the shells of other animals.
From Middle Dutch drillen (“bore, move in a circle”)
- An Old World monkey of West Africa, Mandrillus leucophaeus, similar in appearance to the mandrill, but lacking the colorful face.
Probably of African origin; compare mandrill.
Abbreviation of drilling.