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

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Recent Examples on the Web According to the tape, yes. Brkic posted a viral video on social media Tuesday that featured Brkic drilling a 72-yard field goal. Dallas News, "Watch: Oklahoma kicker Gabe Brkic drills 72-yard field goal," 24 June 2020 With oil prices down 40 percent, the company has halted drilling, cut capital expenditures in half and slowed output in a desperate bid to conserve cash, executives said last month on an earnings call. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "Here’s one more economic problem the government’s response to the virus has unleashed: zombie firms," 23 June 2020 That's because writedowns don't wipe out the debt accumulated to develop drilling projects. Matt Egan, CNN, "30% of shale oil companies could go belly up if crude stays this cheap," 23 June 2020 The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that only 1,577 workers in Michigan were employed in natural-gas extraction, oil and gas drilling, and related support activities in 2019. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Fact-check: Biden called for limits on fracking, not a complete ban, as candidate claims," 19 June 2020 Studs can be helpful for hanging a heavy mirror, but be sure to avoid drilling through pipes or inserting a screw into live wires. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "Everything You Need to Know to Properly (and Safely) Hang a Heavy Mirror," 15 June 2020 Eliminating most of the cutting, forming, drilling, and welding from the build process dramatically reduced construction times (typically 1,000 to 2,500 hours). Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "Living the Top Gun dream, on a budget," 15 June 2020 Donlin Gold announced plans to restart its drilling program as the state loosens coronavirus restrictions. USA TODAY, "Cincinnati Zoo, Lollapalooza, Glacier National Park: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2020 Cunningham has a huge fundraising advantage, and Democrats will look to his work with banning offshore drilling and his ranking as the most bipartisan freshman by the Lugar Center. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Jacksonville being considered for Republican convention," 11 June 2020

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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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The first known use of drilling was in 1640

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30 Jun 2020

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“Drilling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drilling. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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