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Definition drill

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch drillen (“bore, move in a circle”)


drill (third-person singular simple present drills, present participle drilling, simple past and past participle drilled)

  1. (transitive) To create (a hole) by removing material with a drill (tool).
  2. (intransitive) To practice, especially in (or as in) a military context.
  3. (ergative) To cause to drill (practice); to train in military arts.
  4. (transitive) To repeat an idea frequently in order to encourage someone to remember it.
  5. (intransitive) To investigate or examine something in more detail or at a different level
  6. (transitive) To hit or kick with a lot of power.
  7. (baseball) To hit someone with a pitch, especially in an intentional context.
  8. (slang, vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with; to penetrate.
  9. (transitive) To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling.
  10. (transitive) To sow (seeds) by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row.
  11. (transitive, obsolete) To entice or allure; to decoy; with on.
  12. (transitive, obsolete) To cause to slip or waste away by degrees.

drill (plural drills)

Probably of African origin; compare mandrill.


drill (plural drills)

  1. An Old World monkey of West Africa, Mandrillus leucophaeus, similar in appearance to the mandrill, but lacking the colorful face.

Etymology 3

From German Drillich (“denim, canvas, drill”).


drill (countable and uncountable, plural drills)

  1. A strong, durable cotton fabric with a strong bias (diagonal) in the weave.

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