pre·​drill ˌprē-ˈdril How to pronounce predrill (audio)
variants or pre-drill
predrilled or pre-drilled; predrilling or pre-drilling

transitive + intransitive

: to drill (something) in advance
predrill a nail/screw hole
predrill the wood
When the fit is good, … install the rest of the screws, predrilling as necessary.Bill Burnett and Kevin Burnett
predrilled adjective
or pre-drilled
predrilled holes/panels

Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of predrill was in 1951

Dictionary Entries Near predrill

Cite this Entry

“Predrill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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