What does drilling mean?

Definitions for drilling
ˈdrɪl ɪŋdrilling

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word drilling.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drilling, boringnoun

    the act of drilling

  2. boring, drilling, oil productionnoun

    the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum


  1. drillingnoun

    Act of drilling.

  2. drillingnoun

    A heavy, twilled fabric of linen or cotton; drill.

  3. drillingnoun

    A long firearm with three (or rarely, four) barrels.


  1. Drilling

    Drilling is a cutting process where a drill bit is spun to cut a hole of circular cross-section in solid materials. The drill bit is usually a rotary cutting tool, often multi-point. The bit is pressed against the work-piece and rotated at rates from hundreds to thousands of revolutions per minute. This forces the cutting edge against the work-piece, cutting off chips (swarf) from the hole as it is drilled. In rock drilling, the hole is usually not made through a circular cutting motion, though the bit is usually rotated. Instead, the hole is usually made by hammering a drill bit into the hole with quickly repeated short movements. The hammering action can be performed from outside the hole (top-hammer drill) or within the hole (down-the-hole drill, DTH). Drills used for horizontal drilling are called drifter drills. In rare cases, specially-shaped bits are used to cut holes of non-circular cross-section; a square cross-section is possible.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drilling

    of Drill

  2. Drillingnoun

    the act of piercing with a drill

  3. Drillingnoun

    a training by repeated exercises

  4. Drillingnoun

    the act of using a drill in sowing seeds

  5. Drillingnoun

    a heavy, twilled fabric of linen or cotton

  6. Etymology: [G. drillich, fr. L. trilix having three threads, fr. the of tres three + licium a thread of the warm. See Three, and cf. Twill.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drilling

    dril′ing, n. stout twilled linen or cotton cloth.—Also Drill. [Ger. drillich, ticking—L. trilix, three-threaded; tres, three, licium, thread.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Drilling is ranked #40672 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Drilling surname appeared 537 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Drilling.

    96.4% or 518 total occurrences were White.
    2.4% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

How to pronounce drilling?

How to say drilling in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drilling in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drilling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of drilling in a Sentence

  1. David Schnare:

    They’ve already started to pursue methane pollution, which the industry has been trying to control for a very long time, because that’s their product, the cost of running the drilling equipment, the pipelines and the plants themselves are being tightened.

  2. Lynn Helms:

    OPEC still is our main competition, but what you're seeing now is the Bakken becoming the swing producer, something that has happened relatively quickly because of efficiencies in drilling and completion technology.

  3. Frank Lee:

    Exploration and drilling has pretty much dried up, but the big thing has been the wind-down in expansions.

  4. Anish Kapadia:

    We haven't had 6 discoveries in a single quarter for a long time, this year people are drilling a lot less as exploration spending has fallen sharply, so companies are focusing on higher quality projects.

  5. Aaron Weiss:

    In every shutdown prior, the Interior Department actually shuts down, and approving oil and gas drilling permits is not an essential government function, there's no reason these permits couldn't have waited until after the shutdown, but( Bernhardt) wanted to get them out the door anyway.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for drilling

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for drilling »


Find a translation for the drilling definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


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


"drilling." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 27 Mar. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/drilling>.

Discuss these drilling definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for drilling? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
    • A. eloquent
    • B. defiant
    • C. unsealed
    • D. ravening

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for drilling: