drill meaning

[ dril ] Pronunciation:   "drill" in a sentence
Verb: drill  dril
  1. 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"
    - bore 
  2. Train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons 
  3. Learn by repetition
    "We drilled French verbs every day"
    - exercise, practice [N. Amer], practise [Brit, Cdn] 
  4. Teach by repetition 
  5. Undergo military training or do military exercises
Noun: drill  dril
  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 coloured
    - Mandrillus leucophaeus 
  3. Systematic training by multiple repetitions
    - exercise, practice, practice session, recitation 
  4. (military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms

Derived forms: drills, drilling, drilled

See also: drilling, electric drill

Type of: baboon, cut, develop, educate, grooming, instruct, learn, preparation, prepare, read, study, take, teach, tool, train, training

Encyclopedia: Drill Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill


A hand- or motor-driven rotary tool used with a bit for boring holes in a material.


A hand-held tool used to bore a hole in a material by striking one end with a series of blows.


A machine for boring holes in the ground or in rock, e.g., in obtaining rock-core samples.

verb, noun

verb [+ obj or no obj]

to make a deep hole in the ground using a machine, in order to look for valuable natural substances, especially oil or gas:

They're drilling for oil off the Irish coast.

drilling noun [U]:

Drilling should begin next year.

The company has drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.


drill down (IT )

to go to deeper and deeper levels of an organized set of data on a computer or a website in order to find more and more detail:

You can view orders by customer and date and then drill down to view individual order details, invoices and payments.

We can drill down into the data to create lists of customers matching specific criteria.

noun [C]

a tool or machine with a pointed end for making holes:

an electric drill

a drill bit (= the pointed part at the end of the drill)

A genus of the subfamily CERCOPITHECINAE,family CERCOPITHECIDAE,consisting of seven named species: P. ursinus (chacma baboon),P. cynocephalus (yellow baboon),P. papio (western or Guinea baboon),P. anubis (anubis or olive baboon),P. hamadryas (hamadryas or sacred baboon),P. sphinx (mandrill),and P. leucophaeus (drill). Some authors have recognized a separate genus for the drill and mandrill: Mandrillus. The Papio genus is geographically distributed throughout east and west Africa,Arabia,Egypt,and the Sudan.n : an instrument with an edged or pointed end for making holes in hard substances (as bones or teeth) by revolving
vt : to make a hole in with a drill ‹the dentist drilled the tooth for a filling›
¦ vi : to make a hole with a drill ‹painless dental drilling

[Oil and gas]
To bore a hole within the earth, usually to find and remove subsurface formation fluids such as oil and gas.


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  1. what is the drill for claiming expenses?
  2. the soldiers were at drill in the barrack yard.
  3. we will have to drill a hole of 1.4mm.
  4. the soldiers were at drill in the barrack-yard.
  5. drills were set to work without intermission.

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