1. a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows);
2. similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored;
[syn: drill, Mandrillus leucophaeus]
3. systematic training by multiple repetitions;
- Example: "practice makes perfect"
[syn: exercise, practice, drill, practice session, recitation]
4. (military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms;
1. make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool;
- Example: "don't drill here, there's a gas pipe"
- Example: "drill a hole into the wall"
- Example: "drill for oil"
- Example: "carpenter bees are boring holes into the wall"
[syn: bore, drill]
2. train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons;
3. learn by repetition;
- Example: "We drilled French verbs every day"
- Example: "Pianists practice scales"
[syn: drill, exercise, practice, practise]
4. teach by repetition;
5. undergo military training or do military exercises;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 Webster] 2. To sow, as seeds, by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row, like a trickling rill of water. [1913 Webster] 3. To entice; to allure from step; to decoy; -- with on. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] See drilled him on to five-fifty. -- Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. To cause to slip or waste away by degrees. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This accident hath drilled away the whole summer. -- Swift. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drill \Drill\, v. i. To practice an exercise or exercises; to train one's self. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) The act or exercise of training soldiers in the military art, as in the manual of arms, in the execution of evolutions, and the like; hence, diligent and strict instruction and exercise in the rudiments and methods of any business; a kind or method of military exercises; as, infantry drill; battalion drill; artillery drill. [1913 Webster] 3. Any exercise, physical or mental, enforced with regularity and by constant repetition; as, a severe drill in Latin grammar. [1913 Webster] 4. (Zool.) A marine gastropod, of several species, which kills oysters and other bivalves by drilling holes through the shell. The most destructive kind is Urosalpinx cinerea. [1913 Webster] Bow drill, Breast drill. See under Bow, Breast. Cotter drill, or Traverse drill, a machine tool for drilling slots. Diamond drill. See under Diamond. Drill jig. See under Jig. Drill pin, the pin in a lock which enters the hollow stem of the key. Drill sergeant (Mil.), a noncommissioned officer whose office it is to instruct soldiers as to their duties, and to train them to military exercises and evolutions. Vertical drill, a drill press. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 drill a hole into a rock; to drill a piece of metal. [1913 Webster] 2. To train in the military art; to exercise diligently, as soldiers, in military evolutions and exercises; hence, to instruct thoroughly in the rudiments of any art or branch of knowledge; to discipline. [1913 Webster] He [Frederic the Great] drilled his people, as he drilled his grenadiers. -- Macaulay. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drill \Drill\, v. i. 1. To trickle. [Obs. or R.] --Sandys. [1913 Webster] 2. To sow in drills. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 seeds and drop them into the hole made. (b) A light furrow or channel made to put seed into sowing. (c) A row of seed sown in a furrow. [1913 Webster] Note: Drill is used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound; as, drill barrow or drill-barrow; drill husbandry; drill plow or drill-plow. [1913 Webster] Drill barrow, a wheeled implement for planting seed in drills. Drill bow, a small bow used for the purpose of rapidly turning a drill around which the bowstring takes a turn. Drill harrow, a harrow used for stirring the ground between rows, or drills. Drill plow, or Drill plough, a sort plow for sowing grain in drills. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drill \Drill\, n. [Cf. Mandrill.] (Zool.) A large African baboon (Cynocephalus leucoph[ae]us). [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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