WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
drill1 /drɪl/USA pronunciation
[~ + object] to pierce or bore a hole in (something) with a drill:The dentist drilled the cavity and filled it.
to make (a hole) by penetrating or boring: [~ + object]The dentist drilled a hole in the tooth.[~ + into + object]The dentist drilled into my tooth and cleaned out the cavity.
[no object] to penetrate deeply beneath the earth to search for deposits of a natural substance:drilling offshore for oil.
to instruct and exercise (military trainees) in marching, etc.: [~ + object]The sergeant had drilled the men in his company well.[no object]The men had drilled all day and wanted a rest.
[~ + object] to teach by strict repetition:The teacher drilled grammar and the multiplication tables every day.
[~ + object] to train or rehearse (a person) in a discipline, etc., by guided repetition:The teacher drilled her students in the multiplication tables.
drill•er, n. [countable]
drill2 /drɪl/USA pronunciation
- Building, Mechanical Engineering[countable] a tool with a cutting edge for making holes in firm materials, esp. by rotation:an electric drill.
- Military[uncountable][Military.]training in marching or other movements.
- [countable] any practice or exercise, esp. for emergencies:During the fire drill we all marched outside.
- any repetitive or mechanical training or exercise: [countable]a spelling drill.[uncountable]Latin lessons should be less drill and more fun.
- [countable] the correct or customary manner of proceeding:figuring out the family's drill for dinner.
drill3 /drɪl/USA pronunciation
- a machine for sowing in rows and for covering the seeds when sown.
- Agriculturea row of seeds or plants sown this way.
Textilesa strong twilled fabric.
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drill /drɪl/ n
- a rotating tool that is inserted into a drilling machine or tool for boring cylindrical holes
- a hand tool, either manually or electrically operated, for drilling holes
- training in procedures or movements, as for ceremonial parades or the use of weapons
- (as modifier): drill hall
- strict and often repetitious training or exercises used as a method of teaching
- informal correct procedure or routine
- a marine gastropod mollusc, Urosalpinx cinera, closely related to the whelk, that preys on oysters
Etymology: 17th Century: from Middle Dutch drillen; related to Old High German drāen to turnˈdriller n
- to pierce, bore, or cut (a hole) in (material) with or as if with a drill: to drill a hole, to drill metal
- to instruct or be instructed in military procedures or movements
- (transitive) to teach by rigorous exercises or training
- (transitive) informal to hit (a ball) in a straight line at great speed
- (transitive) informal to riddle with bullets
drill /drɪl/ n
- a machine for planting seeds in rows or depositing fertilizer
- a small furrow in which seeds are sown
- a row of seeds planted using a drill
Etymology: 18th Century: of uncertain origin; compare German Rille furrowˈdriller n
- to plant (seeds) by means of a drill
drill /drɪl/, drilling n
Etymology: 18th Century: variant of German Drillich, from Latin trilīx, from tri- + līcium thread
- a hard-wearing twill-weave cotton cloth, used for uniforms, etc
drill /drɪl/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from a West African word; compare mandrill
- an Old World monkey, Mandrillus leucophaeus, of W Africa, related to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly coloured
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