drill

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1drill

verb \ˈdril\

Definition of DRILL

transitive verb
1
a :  to fix something in the mind or habit pattern of by repetitive instruction <drill pupils in spelling>
b :  to impart or communicate by repetition
c :  to train or exercise in military drill
2
a (1) :  to bore or drive a hole in (2) :  to make by piercing action <drill a hole>
b :  to shoot with or as if with a gun
c (1) :  to propel (as a ball) with force or accuracy <drilled a single to right field>
(2) :  to hit with force <drilled the batter with the first pitch>
intransitive verb
1
:  to make a hole with a drill
2
:  to engage in an exercise
drill·abil·i·ty \ˌdri-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
drill·able \-lə-bəl\ adjective
drill·er \ˈdri-lər\ noun

Origin of DRILL

Dutch drillen
First Known Use: 1619

2drill

noun

Definition of DRILL

1
:  an instrument with an edged or pointed end for making holes in hard substances by revolving or by a succession of blows; also :  a machine for operating such an instrument
2
:  the act or exercise of training soldiers in marching and in executing prescribed movements with a weapon
3
a :  a physical or mental exercise aimed at perfecting facility and skill especially by regular practice
b :  a formal exercise by a team of marchers
c :  the approved, correct, or usual procedure for accomplishing something :  routine
4
a :  a marine snail (Urosalpinx cinerea) destructive to oysters by boring through their shells and feeding on the soft parts
b :  any of several mollusks related to the drill
5
:  a drilling sound

First Known Use of DRILL

1611

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

3drill

noun

Definition of DRILL

:  a western African baboon (Mandrillus leucophaeus syn. Papio leucophaeus) having a black face and brown coat and closely related to the typical mandrills

Origin of DRILL

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1644

4drill

noun

Definition of DRILL

1
a :  a shallow furrow or trench into which seed is sown
b :  a row of seed sown in such a furrow
2
:  a planting implement that makes holes or furrows, drops in the seed and sometimes fertilizer, and covers them with earth

Origin of DRILL

perhaps from drill small stream, from obsolete drill to trickle, drip
First Known Use: 1727

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

5drill

verb

Definition of DRILL

transitive verb
1
:  to sow (seeds) by dropping along a shallow furrow
2
a :  to sow with seed or set with seedlings inserted in drills
b :  to distribute seed or fertilizer in by means of a drill

First Known Use of DRILL

circa 1740

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

6drill

noun

Definition of DRILL

:  a durable cotton twilled fabric

Origin of DRILL

short for drilling
First Known Use: 1743

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