- One who drills.
- A person in charge of a drilling rig.
Variant of drill
- 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