What does drilling mean?

Definitions for drilling
ˈdrɪl ɪŋdrilling

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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.


  1. drilling

    Drilling is a cutting process that uses a drill bit to create a hole or cavity in a solid material such as metal, wood, or concrete. It is typically carried out using a rotational drilling machine or drill press, that applies force to the drill bit and rotates it to cut away material and create the hole. Drilling is used in many fields including construction, manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, and more.

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.

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  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. Christian Ledoux:

    If you remove regulation, you are inviting more drilling which then adds supply which means lower prices.

  2. Christy Goldfuss:

    I think everyone is disappointed to see that Alaska was included at all in the options, however it is incredibly heartening that there is no preferred alternative here, and the no drilling option for the first time we can see is on par with the other options, usually the no action alternative is done pro forma, but here they give it consideration.

  3. Ineke van Gent:

    We are very concerned that the gas drilling will damage the area, we also believe that there is no need to drill [ for ] new gas at all and that we should invest much more in renewable energy.

  4. Yang Shuangquan:

    In offshore oil drilling we'd like to cut the reliance on imports by improving the self-sufficiency, (The plan) draws up... major development projects for the oil industries in exploiting natural gas, shale gas and offshore oil. The latter two will remain as China's strategic moves to ensure energy supply.

  5. Kelly Foote:

    We let them pick the music to take the focus off the fact that I am drilling a hole in their head, and cutting their scalp and that sort of thing.

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