Definitions for: Drill

[n] systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect"
[n] similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored
[n] a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
[n] a rotating power drill powered by an electric motor
[v] train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons
[v] undergo military training or do military exercises
[v] learn by repetition
[v] teach by repetition
[v] drill a hole into

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

He [Frederic the Great] drilled his people, as he
drilled his grenadiers. -- Macaulay.

Drill, v. i.
To practice an exercise or exercises; to train one's self.

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

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.

3. Any exercise, physical or mental, enforced with regularity
and by constant repetition; as, a severe drill in Latin

4. (Zo["o]l.) A marine gastropod, of several species, which
kills oysters and other bivalves by drilling holes through
the shell. The most destructive kind is {Urosalpinx

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.

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.

2. To sow, as seeds, by dribbling them along a furrow or in a
row, like a trickling rill of water.

3. To entice; to allure from step; to decoy; -- with on.

See drilled him on to five-fifty. -- Addison.

4. To cause to slip or waste away by degrees. [Obs.]

This accident hath drilled away the whole summer. --

Drill, v. i.
1. To trickle. [Obs. or R.] --Sandys.

2. To sow in drills.

Drill, n.
1. A small trickling stream; a rill. [Obs.]

Springs through the pleasant meadows pour their
drills. --Sandys.

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
(c) A row of seed sown in a furrow.

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.

Drill barrow, a wheeled implement for planting seed in

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.

Drill, n. [Cf. Mandrill.] (Zo["o]l.)
A large African baboon (Cynocephalus leucoph[ae]us).

Drill, n. [Usually in pl.] (Manuf.)
Same as Drilling.

Imperial drill, a linen fabric having two threads in the
warp and three in the filling.

Synonyms: bore, electric drill, exercise, exercise, Mandrillus leucophaeus, practice, practice, practice session, practise, recitation

See Also: auger, baboon, beat in, bit, bore bit, borer, brace and bit, breast drill, brushup, burr drill, chuck, counter-drill, cut, dentist's drill, develop, drill in, dry run, educate, electric motor, fire drill, gimlet, grooming, hammer in, hand drill, handheld drill, inculcate, infuse, instill, instruct, learn, manual, manual of arms, military drill, power drill, preparation, prepare, ram down, read, reamer, rehearsal, review, rock drill, run through, screw auger, scrimmage, shadowboxing, stone drill, study, take, target practice, teach, tool, train, training, trepan, trepan, wimble

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