- 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.
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- 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: Dutch 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: Du drillen
- to bore a hole or holes
- to engage in, or be put through, military, physical, or mental exercises
- driller noun
- 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: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to sow (seeds) in rows to improve growth and efficiency
- to plant (a field) in drills
Origin: ; from earlier drilling ; from German drillich ; from Old High German drilich, made of three threads ; from Classical Latin trilix (gen. trilicis) ; from tri-, tri- plush licium, thread
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps native term
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- 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.
- 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. 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: Obsolete Dutch dril, from drillen, to bore, from Middle Dutch drillen; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.
- drillˈer noun
- 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.
- To sow (seeds) in rows.
- To plant (a field) in drills.
Origin: Perhaps from drill, rill, from Middle English drille, sip.
Origin: Short 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, and -līh, adj. suff.) of Latin trilīx, triple-twilled; see trellis.
Origin: Possibly of West African origin.