drill string

(on a drill rig) the assemblage of drill pipes that link the drill bit to the mechanism that imparts rotary or reciprocating motion.


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drill string or drill pipe
(in the oil industry) a pipe made of lengths of steel tubing that is attached to the drilling tool and rotates during drilling to form a bore
drill pipe or drill pipe

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Example sentences
Drill string safety valve was installed but could not be closed.
The downhole guidance probe is positioned directly behind the downhole motor,
  thus becoming an integral part of the drill string.
At the end of the drill string, at the bottom of the hole, a drill bit grind s
  away at the rock.
During drilling, elevators are used to add additional pipe to the drill string
  as the depth increases.
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