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  1. drill
    IPA[dril]
  2. noun

    • 1. a hand tool, power tool, or machine with a rotating cutting tip or reciprocating hammer or chisel, used for making holes.

      Synonym : drilling tool, boring tool, rotary tool, auger, (brace and) bit, gimlet, awl, bradawl
    • 2. a tool used by a dentist for cutting away part of a tooth before filling it.

    • 3. instruction or training in military exercises:

      parade-ground drill
      Synonym : training, instruction, coaching, teaching, grounding, (physical) exercises, workout, discipline, square-bashing
    • 4. intensive instruction or training in something, typically by means of repeated exercises:

      tables can be mastered by drill and practice language-learning drills
    • 5. a rehearsal of the procedure to be followed in an emergency:

      air-raid drills
    • 6. the correct or recognized procedure or way of doing something:

      he didn't know the drill
    • 7. a predatory mollusk that bores into the shells of other mollusks in order to feed on the soft tissue.

    verb

    • 1. produce (a hole) in something by or as if by boring with a drill:

      drill holes through the tiles for the masonry pins
    • 2. make a hole in (something) by boring with a drill:

      a power tool for drilling wood
    • 3. make a hole in or through something by using a drill:

      do not attempt to drill through a joist his eyes drilled into her
      Synonym : bore a hole in, make a hole in, cut a hole in, drill a hole in, bore, pierce, puncture, penetrate, perforate, sink
    • 4. sink a borehole in order to obtain a certain substance, typically oil or water:

      they are licensed to drill for oil in the area
      Synonym : bore a hole in, make a hole in, cut a hole in, drill a hole in, bore, pierce, puncture, penetrate, perforate, sink
    • 5. (of a dentist) cut away part of (a tooth) before filling it:

      I didn't like having my teeth drilled, but extractions were worse
    • 6. (of a sports player) hit, throw, or kick (a ball or puck) hard and in a straight line:

      Rose drilled a ball deep to right center
    • 7. subject (someone) to military training exercises:

      a sergeant was drilling new recruits
      Synonym : train, instruct, coach, teach, ground, inculcate, discipline, exercise, make fit, rehearse, put someone through their paces
    • 8. (of a person) take part in military training exercises:

      the troops were drilling
    • 9. instruct (someone) in something by the means of repeated exercises or practice:

      I reacted instinctively because I had been drilled to do just that
    • 10. cause (someone) to learn something by repeating it regularly:

      his mother had drilled into him the need to pay for one's sins
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: drill, plural noun: drills

    • v.: verb: drill, 3rd person present: drills, gerund or present participle: drilling, past tense: drilled, past participle: drilled

    • noun

      a machine that makes small furrows, sows seed in them, and then covers the sown seed.

      a small furrow, especially one made by a drill:

    • verb

      (of a person or machine) sow (seed) with a drill:

      plant (the ground) in furrows:

    • noun

      a coarse twilled cotton or linen fabric:
    • noun

      a dark brown baboon with a short tail and a naked blue or purple rump, found in the rainforests of West Africa.
    • noun

      a tool or machine with a rotating cutting tip or reciprocating hammer or chisel, used for making holes.

      a tool with a rotating tip used by a dentist for cutting away part of a tooth before filling it.

    • verb

      produce (a hole) in something by or as if by boring with a drill:

      make a hole in (something) by boring with a drill:

    • noun

      a machine which makes small furrows, sows seed in them, and then covers the seed with earth.

      a small furrow made by a drill:

    • verb

      sow (seed) with a drill:

      plant (the ground) in furrows:

    • noun

      a coarse twilled cotton or linen fabric:
    • noun

      a dark brown baboon with a short tail and a naked blue or purple rump, found in the rainforests of West Africa.
    • noun

      a practice of the emergency procedures to be used in case of fire.

      a primitive device for kindling fire by frictional heating, consisting of a pointed stick that is twirled in a hole in a flat piece of soft wood.

    • noun

      a rotating rod or cylinder used in drilling.
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