• Brad-Awl.  Twist-Drill.   German Gimlet-Bit.  Bit-Point Drill. Twist-Bit.  Auger-Bit
    Brad-Awl. Twist-Drill. German Gimlet-Bit. Bit-Point Drill. Twist-Bit. Auger-Bit
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drill train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons
    • v drill undergo military training or do military exercises
    • v drill learn by repetition "We drilled French verbs every day","Pianists practice scales"
    • v drill teach by repetition
    • v drill 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"
    • n drill (military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms
    • n drill systematic training by multiple repetitions "practice makes perfect"
    • n drill similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored
    • n drill a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Screw- and Wire-Gages. a. Screw-Gage. b. Wire-Gage. c. Twist-Drill-Gage Screw- and Wire-Gages. a. Screw-Gage. b. Wire-Gage. c. Twist-Drill-Gage
Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Fifth Second Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Fifth Second
Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twelfth Second Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twelfth Second
Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twenty-third Second Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twenty-third Second
Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Fiftieth Second Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Fiftieth Second
Breeches-Buoy Drill Breeches-Buoy Drill
Breeches-Buoy Drill. Rescuing Survivors Breeches-Buoy Drill. Rescuing Survivors

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jethro Tull is not the name of the rock singer responsible for such songs as "Aqualung" and "Thick as a Brick." Jethro Tull is the name of the band. The singer is Ian Anderson. The original Jethro Tull was an English horticulturalist who invented the seed drill.
    • n Drill (Zoöl) A large African baboon (Cynocephalus leucophæus).
    • Drill (Agr) A light furrow or channel made to put seed into sowing.
    • Drill (Zoöl) 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.
    • Drill (Agr) A row of seed sown in a furrow.
    • Drill A small trickling stream; a rill. "Springs through the pleasant meadows pour their drills ."
    • Drill (Agr) An implement for making holes for sowing seed, and sometimes so formed as to contain seeds and drop them into the hole made.
    • Drill 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.
    • Drill Any exercise, physical or mental, enforced with regularity and by constant repetition; as, a severe drill in Latin grammar.
    • n Drill (Manuf) Same as Drilling.
    • Drill (Mil) 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.
    • Drill To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling; as, waters drilled through a sandy stratum.
    • Drill To cause to slip or waste away by degrees. "This accident hath drilled away the whole summer."
    • Drill To entice; to allure from step; to decoy; -- with on. "See drilled him on to five-fifty."
    • Drill 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.
    • v. i Drill To practice an exercise or exercises; to train one's self.
    • Drill To sow in drills.
    • Drill To sow, as seeds, by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row, like a trickling rill of water.
    • Drill 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. "He [Frederic the Great drilled his people, as he drilled his grenadiers."
    • Drill To trickle.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The sound of a snore (up to 69 decibels) can be almost as loud as the noise of a pneumatic drill.
    • drill To pierce or make a hole in with a drill or a similar tool, or as if with a drill.
    • drill To make with a drill: as, to drill a hole.
    • drill To wear away or waste slowly.
    • drill To instruct and exercise in military tactics and the use of arms; hence, to train in anything with the practical thoroughness characteristic of military training.
    • drill On American railroads, to shift (cars or locomotives) about, or run them back and forth, at a terminus or station, in order to get them into the desired position.
    • drill To draw on; entice; decoy.
    • drill [⟨ drill, n., 4.] In agri.: To sow in rows, drills, or channels: as, to drill wheat.
    • drill To sow with seed in drills: as, the field was drilled, not sown broadcast.
    • drill To go through exercises in military tactics.
    • drill To sow seed in drills.
    • n drill A tool for boring holes in metal, stone, or other hard substance; specifically, a steel cutting-tool fixed to a drill-stock, bow-lathe, or drilling-machine. See cuts under bow-drill, brace-drill, and cramp-drill. In the widest sense, the term is used to include all drilling-machines, or machines for perforating stone, metal, etc., such as the rock-drill, diamond drill, dental drill, etc.; but not boring-machines which are used for wood. Also called drill-bit.
    • n drill In mining, a borer: the more common term in the United States.
    • n drill In agriculture, a machine for planting seeds, as of grasses, wheat, oats, corn, etc., by dropping them in rows and covering them with earth. Such machines vary in form and size from a small hand-implement sowing one row to the gang-drill drawn by one or two horses, and heavy steam-power machines drawn by a rope from a traction-engine. as in steam-plowing. Horse-power drills are sometimes fitted with self-feeding devices for regulating the speed and the amount of feed from the hopper to the tubes that convey the seed to the ground. They all have some form of share or tool for opening or preparing the ground for the seed, immediately in front of the tube that distributes the seed. Nearly all forms have also an attachment for covering the seed after it has been dropped. Some of the larger machines, particularly for steam-power, are combined harrows and drills. (Grain- or seed-drilling machines are sometimes called seeders or seeding-machines.
    • n drill A row of seeds deposited in the earth.
    • n drill The trench or channel in which the seeds are deposited.
    • n drill A shell-fish which is destructive to oyster-beds by boring into the shells of young oysters. In the United States the name is applied to Urosalpinx cinerea, a muricine gastropod with a shell about an inch long, of an ashy or brownish coloration, with 10 or 12 undulations on the body-whorl. It lays its eggs in capsules containing about a dozen eggs. It ranges along the Atlantic coast from Canada to Florida, but is rare north of Massachusetts. Also called borer and snail-bore.
    • n drill The act of training soldiers in military tactics; hence, in general, the act of teaching by repeated exercises.
    • n drill In dentistry, a small iron drill into the end of which is set a small piece of bort.
    • n drill A screw-stock drill in which, by means of bevel-pinions, the motion of the screw-stock is transmitted to a drill at right angles to the stock. Also called Archimedean drill, screw-Stock drill.
    • drill To trill; trickle; flow gently.
    • drill To drain; draw off in drains or streams: as, water drilled through a boggy soil.
    • n drill A sip, as of water.
    • n drill A rill.
    • n drill A trade-name for drilling: often used in the plural.
    • n drill In zoology, a baboon.
    • n drill Specifically, Mormon or Cynocephalus leucophæus, a baboon of western Africa, closely related to the mandrill, but smaller, with a black visage, and a stumpy erect tail scarcely two inches long.
    • n drill An apparatus used with a boring-tool which cuts on its end and is fed into the hole by a gimlet point, or with a tool such as is ordinarily turned by hand.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vaseline was created by Robert Chesebrough in 1870. He developed it after visiting Titusville, PA in 1859. While there he noticed that workers were treating cuts and burns with grease that accumulated on drill rods from the oil fields.
    • v.t Drill dril to bore, pierce: to make with a drill: to exercise soldiers, pupils, &c
    • Drill to sow seeds, &c., in rows
    • n Drill an instrument for boring stone, metal, teeth, or hard substances (not wood), actuated by a kind of bow, by a brace, or otherwise: a large boring instrument used in mining: a ridge with seed or growing plants on it (turnips, potatoes, &c.): the plants in such a row: the machine for sowing the seed in drill-husbandry
    • n Drill dril a species of baboon found in Western Africa, resembling the mandrill, but smaller.
    • ***


  • Alexis Carrel
    Alexis Carrel
    “Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.”
  • Richard Marcinko
    Richard Marcinko
    “If you train people properly, they won't be able to tell a drill from the real thing. If anything, the real thing will be easier.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look for its thinnest part, and drill a great number of holes where drilling is easy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. drillen, to bore, drill (soldiers); probably akin to AS. pyrlian, pyrelian, to pierce. See Thrill
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A contr. of mandrill.


In literature:

In these cases, drill-holes are put into the walls and the drillings assayed.
"Principles of Mining" by Herbert C. Hoover
Drill Regulations a Guide; their interpretation.= The Drill Regulations are furnished as a guide.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Grain Drill, about 1850.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
There was nothing to do for the men at the fort, except a little gun-drill.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
There's a very brief athletic drill, followed by recall from the drill at 6.15 o'clock.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
Shrimp led them to a bit of green some distance away from any of the larger drill grounds.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
The future is likely to see a considerable amount of shallow drilling for the sole purpose of geological reconnaissance.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
It was drill, drill, drill, all day long, rain or shine, and it was almost always rain.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
To begin with, we gain in winter the months from the middle of February to the beginning of the Drill Season (April).
"Cavalry in Future Wars" by Frederick von Bernhardi
The earth roof had leaked, and the drills were ice-covered and frozen fast to the floor.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills

In poetry:

Lo, I have had a sight of drilling,
And have roughed it many ways,
And Death has nearly had me,-
Still I think the service pays.
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas
The bee in his gold laced uniform,
Drilled the ranks of clover blooms,
And carried my very heart by storm,
Mocking the roll of the distant drums.
"In War Time" by Kate Seymour Maclean
It praised Old Fritz' generosity,
Which heightened the worm's nervosity.
And drilling away said the maverick:
"I don't give a damn about Frederick!"
"The Snuff Box" by Joachim Ringelnatz
For till you show me the Sacred Word
I'm for Peter and his good sword,
Only I hope if we'd drilled him here
He'd not have missed the head for the ear.
"Bayonet Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
I dreamed my genesis in sweat of sleep, breaking
Through the rotating shell, strong
As motor muscle on the drill, driving
Through vision and the girdered nerve.
"I Dreamed My Genesis" by Dylan Thomas
To drill, to blast, to raise the ore,
To smelt it in the roaring fire,
To strive for riches evermore,
The gold and copper to adore,
Stirs many a heart with fierce desire.
"Butte" by Aaron Southwick

In news:

The drill delivers more power with less weight and improved ergonomics for a range of drilling, driving and fastening tasks.
While building this little station to organize my cordless -drill paraphernalia, I discovered that bicycle hooks make great drill holders.
Here's the drill: Drill hundreds of students to fly a Pitts, drill on teeth for a living, then drill holes in the sky for the weekend in a Pitts S2C.
You're working on a model and you need to drill the cowl to match pre-drilled holes in the fuselage, but you can't access that area once the cowl is in place.
In 1991, the City of Houston granted a drilling permit to Maguire Oil Company of Dallas to drill a well near Lake Houston.
As workers attempted to drill the loopfield for the geothermal wells, gravel fell back into the drilled hole as soon as the drill bit was removed.
Drilling bans pose real threat to drilling industry.
The Marcellus Drilling News reports that PDC Energy has announced plans to deveiop 45,000 acres in southeastern Ohio with no drilling partners.
Air and water pollution from gas and oil drilling moves across state lines, so the drilling should be regulated by the federal government, a Cornell University professor said.
The state rules allow drillers to drill on an objecting landowner's land if enough neighbors support the drilling .
The pro- drilling Marcellus Shale Coalition wants uniform drilling rules in Pennsylvania.
PITTSBURGH — A major natural gas drilling firm shared emails it received from a southwestern Pennsylvania lawmaker who once supported the company's efforts but is now a critic of the impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling .
With the completion of drilling for those three wells, Rex Energy will move its drilling rig to the Warrior North Prospect site to start drilling a second well, he said.
Chesapeake has 13 drilling rigs operating in eastern Ohio, one of 10 drilling areas around the nation.
The Garfield County commissioners on Monday came down squarely against the idea of a gas drilling company using Glenwood Springs and Four Mile Road as the haul route to a proposed drilling site near Sunlight Mountain Resort.

In science:

The string deployment is done just after drilling is finished and before the hole diameter starts to shrink due to refreezing.
Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole: Status of the AMANDA Experiment
The position calibration is performed using two sets of information: the absolute array position, obtained from drill recordings and pressure sources, and the relative positions, obtained with the measured propagation times of photons between different light emitters and receivers.
Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole: Status of the AMANDA Experiment
Holes are drilled with hot water, and strings with PMTs are frozen into the ice.
Astrophysical Neutrino Telescopes
AMANDA contains widely spaced photomultiplier tubes (PMTs; see Figure 5), connected together by strings and placed into water-filled holes drilled into the ice.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
AMANDA contains 677 widely spaced optical modules, connected together by strings and placed into water-filled holes that were drilled into the ice, before the water re-freezed.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica