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drill 1

 (drĭl)
n.
1.
a. An implement with cutting edges or a pointed end for boring holes in hard materials, usually by a rotating abrasion or repeated blows; a bit.
b. The hand-operated or hand-powered holder for this implement.
c. A loud, harsh noise made by or as if by a powered tool of this kind.
2.
a. Disciplined, repetitious exercise as a means of teaching and perfecting a skill or procedure.
b. A task or exercise for teaching a skill or procedure by repetition: conducted an air-raid drill; a drill for learning the multiplication tables.
3. The training of soldiers in marching and the manual of arms.
4. Any of various marine gastropod mollusks, chiefly of the genus Urosalpinx, that bore holes into the shells of bivalve mollusks. U. cinera is destructive to oysters.
v. drilled, drill·ing, drills
v.tr.
1.
a. To make a hole in (a hard material) with a drill: a bit for drilling masonry.
b. To make (a hole) with or as if with a drill: drills holes in trees with its chisellike bill.
2. To strike or hit sharply: The batter drilled a single through the infield.
3.
a. To instruct thoroughly by repetition in a skill or procedure: drill pupils in grammar.
b. To infuse knowledge of or skill in by repetitious instruction: drilled the correct spellings into the students' heads. See Synonyms at teach.
4. To train (soldiers) in marching and the manual of arms.
v.intr.
1. To make a hole with or as if with a drill.
2. To perform a training exercise.
Phrasal Verb:
drill down
To view data or other information at a more detailed level: business software that allows users to drill down from annual to monthly sales figures.

[Obsolete Dutch dril, from drillen, to bore, from Middle Dutch drillen; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

drill′er n.

drill 2

 (drĭl)
n.
1. A shallow trench or furrow in which seeds are planted.
2. A row of planted seeds.
3. A machine or implement for planting seeds in holes or furrows.
tr.v. drilled, drill·ing, drills
1. To sow (seeds) in rows.
2. To plant (a field) in drills.

[Perhaps from drill, rill, from Middle English drille, sip.]

drill 3

 (drĭl)
n.
Durable cotton or linen twill of varying weights, generally used for work clothes.

[Short for drilling, alteration of German Drillich, from Middle High German drilich, threefold, fabric woven with three threads, from Old High German drilīh, alteration (influenced by drī, three, -līh, adj. suff.) of Latin trilīx, triple-twilled; see trellis.]

drill 4

 (drĭl)
n.
A large monkey (Mandrillus leucophaeus) of west-central African forests, having an olive brown body and a brightly colored face and resembling the mandrill.

[Possibly of West African origin.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.drilled - trained in a skill by repetitious practice; "well-drilled in military procedures"
trained - shaped or conditioned or disciplined by training; often used as a combining form; "a trained mind"; "trained pigeons"; "well-trained servants"
References in classic literature ?
ON the morning of the fourth day, when it was just sunrise, and we had been tramping an hour in the chill dawn, I came to a resolution: the king MUST be drilled; things could not go on so, he must be taken in hand and deliberately and conscientiously drilled, or we couldn't ever venture to enter a dwelling; the very cats would know this masquerader for a hum- bug and no peasant.
I drilled him as represent- ing in turn all sorts of people out of luck and suffering dire privations and misfortunes.
But he drilled deep down, and blasted all my reason out of me
Also, he was drilled and drilled and reviewed, and drilled and drilled and reviewed.
As regards action, he ought above all things to keep his men well organized and drilled, to follow incessantly the chase, by which he accustoms his body to hardships, and learns something of the nature of localities, and gets to find out how the mountains rise, how the valleys open out, how the plains lie, and to understand the nature of rivers and marshes, and in all this to take the greatest care.
He had fifty thousand Nome soldiers, all well drilled, who feared nothing but their stern master.
But away outside the clearing was that little army of Hausas, clean-limbed, faithful, well drilled and armed.
A total of 11 teeth from nine adults who lived during that period contain holes drilled with sharpened flint points, according to a new report.
The 1-R well was drilled to a total depth of 5,516 feet and gas flowed from two zones in the Woodbine sand over a gross interval from 5,140 to 5,148 feet.
Since no one had ever drilled through the Conrad discontinuity to test this idea, the Soviet scientists relished the possibility of piercing the deep basalt region.
In Canada, Pioneer plans a 50-well program, primarily focused on winter-access areas in northern Alberta and British Columbia and plans to complete the tie-in of approximately 40 wells in the Horseshoe Canyon area that were drilled in 2006.
Dunn says this is the first time investigators have drilled to assess the accuracy of the geophysical surface tests.