dril·​ling | \ ˈdri-liŋ How to pronounce drilling (audio) \

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Zinke also helped reduce the size of certain national monuments to accommodate more oil and gas drilling. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump will replace Interior Department Secretary next week," 16 Dec. 2018 With support of more than 60 percent of voters, the amendment passed and will revise the state constitution to prohibit both offshore oil and gas drilling and the use of e-cigarettes in indoor workplaces. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Florida passed this year’s weirdest ballot initiative: a ban on vaping and offshore drilling," 7 Nov. 2018 The reef could be threatened by potential oil and gas drilling, which would severely impact those fisheries. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Hidden Coral Reef Discovered Off the Georgia Coast," 28 Aug. 2018 The Trump Administration is expediting pipeline and terminal permitting and opening new federal land to drilling. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "How America Broke OPEC," 14 Dec. 2018 Zinke has presided over the largest rollback of federal land protections in US history, approved new development in wilderness areas, and opened up nearly all US coastal waters to offshore drilling. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might face a criminal investigation," 5 Nov. 2018 The new laws are meant to thwart a Trump plan to open nearly 1.7 billion acres of coastal waters to drilling. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "California Gov. Brown on Trump: 'Something's got to happen to this guy...he's going to undermine America'," 19 Sep. 2018 The quake Sunday was south of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, which Congress opened to drilling last year as part of a tax bill advocated by President Donald Trump. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska’s North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes," 14 Aug. 2018 In another reversal of Obama policy, Trump earlier this year called for opening most coastal waters to offshore oil and gas drilling, drawing fierce opposition from many coastal states. Washington Post, "Trump scraps Obama policy on protecting oceans, Great Lakes," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of drilling

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drilling

modification of German Drillich, from Middle High German drilich fabric woven with a threefold thread, from Old High German drilīh made up of three threads, from Latin trilic-, trilix, from tri- + licium thread

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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