drill

A drill is a power tool that's used for making narrow holes or sometimes for pushing screws into wood or other hard material. The word is also a verb to describe the action a drill performs. For example, a dentist might drill into your tooth if you have a cavity.

A carpenter's drill can be held in one hand, while an oil drill is a large rig that hollows out holes in rock through which oil can flow. To drill is to bore holes in a hard surface, and it's also to teach something by repeating facts over and over: "I hate math, because my teacher just drills multiplication tables." Drill has a Dutch root, drillen, "to bore a hole, turn around, or whirl."

Primary Meanings of drill

1.
nv
a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool
2.
n
similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored
Full Definitions of drill
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n a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)

Types:
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auger, gimlet, screw auger, wimble
hand tool for boring holes
bore bit, borer, rock drill, stone drill
a drill for penetrating rock
brace and bit
a drill consisting of a bit and a brace to hold and turn it
breast drill
a portable drill with a plate that is pressed against the chest to force the drill point into the work
core drill
a drill that removes a cylindrical core from the drill hole
burr drill, dentist's drill
a high speed drill that dentists use to cut into teeth
hand drill, handheld drill
a small portable drill held and operated by hand
power drill
a power tool for drilling holes into hard materials
reamer
a drill that is used to shape or enlarge holes
trepan
a drill for cutting circular holes around a center
cross bit
a rock drill having cruciform cutting edges; used in mining
electric drill
a rotating power drill powered by an electric motor
pneumatic drill
a power drill powered by compressed air
star drill
a steel rock drill with a star-shaped point that is used for making holes in stones or masonry; it is operated by hitting the end with a hammer while rotating it between blows
straight flute, straight-fluted drill
a rock drill with flutes that are straight
Type of:
tool
an implement used in the practice of a vocation

n systematic training by multiple repetitions

Synonyms:
exercise, practice, practice session, recitation
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fire drill
an exercise intended to train people in duties and escape procedures to be followed in case of fire
manual, manual of arms
(military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
military drill
training in marching and the use of weapons
rehearsal
(psychology) a form of practice; repetition of information (silently or aloud) in order to keep it in short-term memory
dry run, rehearsal
a practice session in preparation for a public performance (as of a play or speech or concert)
brushup, review
practice intended to polish performance or refresh the memory
scrimmage
(American football) practice play between a football team's squads
shadowboxing
sparring with an imaginary opponent (for exercise or training)
target practice
practice in shooting at targets
close-order drill
(military) military drill of troops in standard marching (shoulder-to-shoulder)
square-bashing
drill on a barracks square
dress rehearsal
a full uninterrupted rehearsal in costumes shortly before the first performance
run-through
an uninterrupted rehearsal
walk-through
a first perfunctory rehearsal of a theatrical production in which actors read their lines from the script and move as directed
rub up
a review that refreshes your memory
Type of:
grooming, preparation, training
activity leading to skilled behavior

n (military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms

Type of:
grooming, preparation, training
activity leading to skilled behavior

v make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool

“don't drill here, there's a gas pipe”
drill a hole into the wall”
drill for oil”
Synonyms:
bore
Types:
spud
initiate drilling operations, as for petroleum
counter-drill
drill in an opposite direction
trepan
cut a hole with a trepan, as in surgery
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v teach by repetition

Types:
beat in, drill in, hammer in, ram down
teach by drills and repetition
inculcate, infuse, instill
teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
din
instill (into a person) by constant repetition
Type of:
instruct, learn, teach
impart skills or knowledge to

v learn by repetition

“We drilled French verbs every day”
Synonyms:
exercise, practice, practise
Type of:
learn, read, study, take
be a student of a certain subject

v undergo military training or do military exercises

Type of:
prepare, train
undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession

v train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons

Type of:
develop, educate, prepare, train
create by training and teaching
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n similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored

Synonyms:
Mandrillus leucophaeus
Type of:
baboon
large terrestrial monkeys having doglike muzzles

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