drillable

drill

1 [dril]
noun
1.
Machinery, Building Trades.
a.
a shaftlike tool with two or more cutting edges for making holes in firm materials, especially by rotation.
b.
a tool, especially a hand tool, for holding and operating such a tool.
2.
Military.
a.
training in formal marching or other precise military or naval movements.
b.
an exercise in such training: gun drill.
3.
any strict, methodical, repetitive, or mechanical training, instruction, or exercise: a spelling drill.
4.
the correct or customary manner of proceeding.
5.
Also called snail bore. a gastropod, Urosalpinx cinera, that bores holes in shellfish, as oysters.
verb (used with object)
6.
to pierce or bore a hole in (something).
7.
to make (a hole) by boring.
8.
Military. to instruct and exercise in formation marching and movement, in the carrying of arms during formal marching, and in the formal handling of arms for ceremonies and guard work.
9.
to impart (knowledge) by strict training, discipline, or repetition.
verb (used without object)
10.
to pierce or bore something with or as with a drill.
11.
to go through exercise in military or other training.

Origin:
1605–15; < Dutch dril (noun), drillen (v.)

drillable, adjective
drillability, noun
driller, noun
undrillable, adjective


3. See exercise.
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drill1 (drɪl)
 
n
1.  a rotating tool that is inserted into a drilling machine or tool for boring cylindrical holes
2.  a hand tool, either manually or electrically operated, for drilling holes
3.  military
 a.  training in procedures or movements, as for ceremonial parades or the use of weapons
 b.  (as modifier): drill hall
4.  strict and often repetitious training or exercises used as a method of teaching
5.  informal correct procedure or routine
6.  a marine gastropod mollusc, Urosalpinx cinera, closely related to the whelk, that preys on oysters
 
vb
7.  to pierce, bore, or cut (a hole) in (material) with or as if with a drill: to drill a hole; to drill metal
8.  to instruct or be instructed in military procedures or movements
9.  (tr) to teach by rigorous exercises or training
10.  informal (tr) to hit (a ball) in a straight line at great speed
11.  informal (tr) to riddle with bullets
 
[C17: from Middle Dutch drillen; related to Old High German drāen to turn]
 
'drillable1
 
adj
 
'driller1
 
n

drill2 (drɪl)
 
n
1.  a machine for planting seeds in rows or depositing fertilizer
2.  a small furrow in which seeds are sown
3.  a row of seeds planted using a drill
 
vb
4.  to plant (seeds) by means of a drill
 
[C18: of uncertain origin; compare German Rille furrow]
 
'driller2
 
n

drill or drilling3 (drɪl)
 
n
a hard-wearing twill-weave cotton cloth, used for uniforms, etc
 
[C18: variant of German Drillich, from Latin trilīx, from tri- + līcium thread]
 
drilling or drilling3
 
n
 
[C18: variant of German Drillich, from Latin trilīx, from tri- + līcium thread]

drill4 (drɪl)
 
n
an Old World monkey, Mandrillus leucophaeus, of W Africa, related to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly coloured
 
[C17: from a West African word; compare mandrill]

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Word Origin & History

drill
1610s (n.), 1640s (v.), from Du. dril, drille "a hole, instrument for boring holes," from drillen "to bore (a hole), turn around, whirl," from P.Gmc. *threljanan. Sense of "to instruct in military exercise" is 1620s (also in Du. drillen and in the Dan. and Ger. cognates), probably from the notion of
troops "turning" in maneuvers. Extended sense of "the agreed-upon procedure" is from 1940. Related: Drilled; drilling.

drill
"small furrow," 1727; also "machine for sowing seeds" (1731), from obsolete drill "rill, trickling stream" (1640s), of unknown origin, perhaps connected to drill (1).

drill
"W. African baboon species," 1644, perhaps from a native word.
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