Definitions for Drilldrɪl

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Drill

Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a shaftlike tool with two or more cutting edges for making holes in firm materials, esp. by rotation. a tool, esp. a hand tool, for holding and operating such a tool.

    Category: Building Trades, Machinery

  2. Mil. training in formal marching or other precise military or naval movements. an exercise in such training.

    Category: Military

  3. any practice or exercise in marching. any strict, methodical, repetitive, or mechanical training, instruction, or exercise:

    a spelling drill.

  4. the correct or customary manner of proceeding.

  5. a gastropod mollusk, Urosalpinx cinera, that bores holes in bivalves.

    Category: Invertebrates

  6. (v.t.)to pierce or bore a hole in (something); penetrate or excavate with a drill.

  7. to make (a hole) by boring.

  8. to instruct and exercise (military trainees) in formation marching, in the carrying and handling of arms, etc. to train or rehearse (any group) in formation marching.

    Category: Military

  9. to impart (knowledge) by strict discipline or repetition.

  10. to train or rehearse (a person or group) in a subject, discipline, etc., by guided repetition, quizzing, and other techniques.

  11. (v.i.)to pierce, bore, or excavate something with or as if with a drill.

    Category: Building Trades

  12. to penetrate deeply beneath the ground or the sea floor with specialized machinery to search for deposits or reservoirs of a natural substance:

    to drill for oil.

  13. to go through exercise in military or other training.

Origin of drill:

1605–15; < D dril (n.), drillen (v.)



  1. a small furrow made in the soil in which to sow seeds.

    Category: Agriculture

  2. a row of seeds or plants thus sown.

    Category: Agriculture

  3. a machine for sowing in rows and for covering the seeds when sown.

  4. (v.t.)to sow (seed) in drills.

    Category: Agriculture

  5. to sow or plant (soil, a plot of ground, etc.) in drills.

    Category: Agriculture

  6. (v.i.)to sow seed in drills.

    Category: Agriculture

Origin of drill:

1720–30; of uncert. orig.


  1. a strong twilled cotton fabric.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of drill:

1735–45; short for drilling2


  1. a large baboon, Mandrillus leucophaeus, of W Africa, smaller and less brightly colored than the closely related mandrill.

    Category: Mammals

Origin of drill:

1635–45; of obscure orig.; cf. mandrill

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drill(noun)

    a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)

  2. drill, Mandrillus leucophaeus(noun)

    similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored

  3. exercise, practice, drill, practice session, recitation(noun)

    systematic training by multiple repetitions

    "practice makes perfect"

  4. drill(verb)

    (military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms

  5. bore, drill(verb)

    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"; "carpenter bees are boring holes into the wall"

  6. drill(verb)

    train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons

  7. drill, exercise, practice, practise(verb)

    learn by repetition

    "We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales"

  8. drill(verb)

    teach by repetition

  9. drill(verb)

    undergo military training or do military exercises

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. drill(noun)ɪl

    a tool for making holes in sth

    an electric drill

  2. drillɪl

    a situation in which you practice what to do in an emergency

    a fire drill

  3. drillɪl

    a repeated exercise that teaches sth

    military drills

  4. drill(verb)ɪl

    to make a hole with a drill

    to drill a hole in the floor

  5. drillɪl

    to train sb by using repeated exercises

    a sergeant drilling his soldiers

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drill(verb)

    to pierce or bore with a drill, or a with a drill; to perforate; as, to drill a hole into a rock; to drill a piece of metal

  2. Drill(verb)

    to train in the military art; to exercise diligently, as soldiers, in military evolutions and exercises; hence, to instruct thoroughly in the rudiments of any art or branch of knowledge; to discipline

  3. Drill(verb)

    to practice an exercise or exercises; to train one's self

  4. Drill(noun)

    an instrument with an edged or pointed end used for making holes in hard substances; strictly, a tool that cuts with its end, by revolving, as in drilling metals, or by a succession of blows, as in drilling stone; also, a drill press

  5. Drill(noun)

    the act or exercise of training soldiers in the military art, as in the manual of arms, in the execution of evolutions, and the like; hence, diligent and strict instruction and exercise in the rudiments and methods of any business; a kind or method of military exercises; as, infantry drill; battalion drill; artillery drill

  6. Drill(noun)

    any exercise, physical or mental, enforced with regularity and by constant repetition; as, a severe drill in Latin grammar

  7. Drill(noun)

    a marine gastropod, of several species, which kills oysters and other bivalves by drilling holes through the shell. The most destructive kind is Urosalpinx cinerea

  8. Drill(verb)

    to cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling; as, waters drilled through a sandy stratum

  9. Drill(verb)

    to sow, as seeds, by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row, like a trickling rill of water

  10. Drill(verb)

    to entice; to allure from step; to decoy; -- with on

  11. Drill(verb)

    to cause to slip or waste away by degrees

  12. Drill(verb)

    to trickle

  13. Drill(verb)

    to sow in drills

  14. Drill(noun)

    a small trickling stream; a rill

  15. Drill(noun)

    an implement for making holes for sowing seed, and sometimes so formed as to contain seeds and drop them into the hole made

  16. Drill(noun)

    a light furrow or channel made to put seed into sowing

  17. Drill(noun)

    a row of seed sown in a furrow

  18. Drill(noun)

    a large African baboon (Cynocephalus leucophaeus)

  19. Drill(noun)

    same as Drilling


  1. Drill

    A drill is a tool fitted with a cutting tool attachment or driving tool attachment, usually a drill bit or driver bit, used for drilling holes in various materials or fastening various materials together with the use of fasteners. The attachment is gripped by a chuck at one end of the drill and rotated while pressed against the target material. The tip, and sometimes edges, of the cutting tool does the work of cutting into the target material. This may be slicing off thin shavings, grinding off small particles, crushing and removing pieces of the workpiece, countersinking, counterboring, or other operations. Drills are commonly used in woodworking, metalworking, construction and do-it-yourself projects. Specially designed drills are also used in medicine, space missions and other applications. Drills are available with a wide variety of performance characteristics, such as power and capacity.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Drill' in Nouns Frequency: #2925

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Drill' in Verbs Frequency: #1062

Translations for Drill

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a tool for making holes

a hand-drill; an electric drill.

Get even more translations for Drill »


Find a translation for the Drill definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these Drill definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"Drill." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 20 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for Drill?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for Drill: