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Drill meaning

drill - 21 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( military) the training of soldiers to march ( as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms
  2. 2. learn by repetition; " We drilled French verbs every day"; " Pianists practice scales"
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. To practice an exercise or exercises; to train one's self.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Any exercise, physical or mental, enforced with regularity and by constant repetition; as, a severe drill in Latin grammar.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling; as, waters drilled through a sandy stratum.
  10. 10. To sow, as seeds, by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row, like a trickling rill of water.
  11. 11. To cause to slip or waste away by degrees.
  12. 12. To trickle.
  13. 13. To sow in drills.
  14. 14. A small trickling stream; a rill.
  15. 15. A light furrow or channel made to put seed into sowing.
  16. 16. A row of seed sown in a furrow.
  17. 17. A large African baboon ( Cynocephalus leucophaeus).
  18. 18. Same as Drilling.
  19. 19. To entice; to allure from step; to decoy; - with on.
  20. 20. A tool for boring; military exercise; small furrows for seed.
  21. 21. To bore; exercise, as soldiers, or thoroughly; sow in drills.

drill - examples of usage

  1. There were, it was said, eloquent politicians, who did not know how to drill an " awkward squad," but who felt sure of their ability to beat Old Scott in such an agreeable affair as a military picnic party to the city of Mexico. - "Ahead of the Army", W. O. Stoddard.
  2. Little points of drill and duty that the others of his own standing seemed to pick up at once, almost by instinct, he could only grasp after long and tedious toil. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  3. The board not only believed that popular feeling demanded the introduction of military drill into the college, but they felt that a college which had been closed at the beginning of the Rebellion, through the dedication of its president and nearly all its students to the war, could in no way so gracefully recognize this proud fact of its history as by hereafter making war one of the arts which it taught. - "A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories", William D. Howells.
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