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DRILL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does drill mean? 

DRILL (noun)
  The noun DRILL has 4 senses:

1. a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
2. similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored
3. systematic training by multiple repetitions
4. (military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms

  Familiarity information: DRILL used as a noun is uncommon.


DRILL (verb)
  The verb DRILL has 5 senses:

1. make a hole with a pointed power or hand tool
2. train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons
3. learn by repetition
4. teach by repetition
5. undergo military training or do military exercises

  Familiarity information: DRILL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DRILL (noun)


Sense 1drill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("drill" is a kind of...):

tool (an implement used in the practice of a vocation)

Meronyms (parts of "drill"):

chuck (a holding device consisting of adjustable jaws that center a workpiece in a lathe or center a tool in a drill)

bit (the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "drill"):

trepan (a drill for cutting circular holes around a center)

reamer (a drill that is used to shape or enlarge holes)

power drill (a power tool for making holes in hard materials)

hand drill; handheld drill (a small portable drill held and operated by hand)

burr drill; dentist's drill (a high speed drill that dentists use to cut into teeth)

breast drill (a portable drill with a plate that is pressed against the chest to force the drill point into the work)

brace and bit (a drill consisting of a bit and a brace to hold and turn it)

bore bit; borer; rock drill; stone drill (a drill for penetrating rock)

auger; gimlet; screw auger; wimble (hand tool for boring holes)


Sense 2drill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

Mandrillus leucophaeus; drill

Hypernyms ("drill" is a kind of...):

baboon (large terrestrial monkeys having doglike muzzles)


Sense 3drill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Systematic training by multiple repetitions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

practice session; practice; drill; exercise; recitation

Context example:

practice makes perfect

Hypernyms ("drill" is a kind of...):

grooming; preparation; training (activity leading to skilled behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "drill"):

fire drill (an exercise intended to train people in duties and escape procedures to be followed in case of fire)

target practice (practice in shooting at targets)

shadowboxing (sparring with an imaginary opponent (for exercise or training))

scrimmage ((American football) practice play between a football team's squads)

brushup; review (practice intended to polish performance or refresh the memory)

dry run; rehearsal (a practice session in preparation for a public performance (as of a play or speech or concert))

rehearsal ((psychology) a form of practice; repetition of information (silently or aloud) in order to keep it in short-term memory)

military drill (training in marching and the use of weapons)

manual; manual of arms ((military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle)


Sense 4drill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("drill" is a kind of...):

grooming; preparation; training (activity leading to skilled behavior)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


DRILL (verb)


Sense 1drill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a hole with a pointed power or hand tool

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

drill; bore

Context examples:

don't drill here, there's a gas pipe / drill a hole into the wall / drill for oil

Hypernyms (to "drill" is one way to...):

cut (separate with or as if with an instrument)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "drill"):

spud (initiate drilling operations, as for petroleum)

counter-drill (drill in an opposite direction)

trepan (cut a hole with a trepan, as in surgery)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2drill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Hypernyms (to "drill" is one way to...):

develop; educate; prepare; train (create by training and teaching)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3drill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Learn by repetition

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

practice; drill; practise; exercise

Context examples:

We drilled French verbs every day / Pianists practice scales

Hypernyms (to "drill" is one way to...):

learn; read; study; take (be a student of a certain subject)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 4drill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Teach by repetition

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Hypernyms (to "drill" is one way to...):

instruct; learn; teach (impart skills or knowledge to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "drill"):

beat in; drill in; hammer in; ram down (teach by drills and repetition)

inculcate; infuse; instill (teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5drill [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Undergo military training or do military exercises

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Hypernyms (to "drill" is one way to...):

prepare; train (undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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