drill
I. verb Etymology: Dutch drillen Date: 1619 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 <
impossible to drill the simplest idea into some people
>
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 • drillability noundrillable adjectivedriller noun II. noun Date: 1611 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 III. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1644 a western African baboon (Mandrillus leucophaeus syn. Papio leucophaeus) having a black face and brown coat and closely related to the typical mandrills IV. noun Etymology: perhaps from drill small stream, from obsolete drill to trickle, drip Date: 1727 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 V. transitive verb Date: circa 1740 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 VI. noun Etymology: short for drilling Date: 1743 a durable cotton twilled fabric

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  • Drill — Drill, n. 1. An instrument with an edged or pointed end used for making holes in hard substances; strictly, a tool that cuts with its end, by revolving, as in drilling metals, or by a succession of blows, as in drilling stone; also, a drill press …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drill — Drill, n. 1. A small trickling stream; a rill. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Springs through the pleasant meadows pour their drills. Sandys. [1913 Webster] 2. (Agr.) (a) An implement for making holes for sowing seed, and sometimes so formed as to contain …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drill — Drill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Drilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drilling}.] [D. drillen to bore, drill (soldiers); probably akin to AS. pyrlian, pyrelian, to pierce. See {Thrill}.] 1. To pierce or bore with a drill, or a with a drill; to perforate; as, to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • drill — drill·able; drill; drill·er; drill·man; man·drill; sub·drill; …   English syllables

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  • drill — [n1] practice, exercise assignment, call, conditioning, constitutional, daily dozen*, discipline, dress, drilling, dry run*, gym, homework, instruction, learning by doing, maneuvers, marching, preparation, repetition, run through*, shakedown*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Drill — Drill, n. [Usually in pl.] (Manuf.) Same as {Drilling}. [1913 Webster] {Imperial drill}, a linen fabric having two threads in the warp and three in the filling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drill — Drill, v. t. [Cf. {Trill} to trickle, {Trickle}, {Dribble}, and W. rhillio to put in a row, drill.] 1. To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling; as, waters drilled through a sandy stratum. [R.] Thomson. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drill — 1. (dril) s. m. Instrument qui sert à la fois de charrue et de semoir. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Angl. to drill, semer en ligne. drill 2. (dril) s. m. Grand singe d Afrique, à tête noire …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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