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Drill

A drill or drilling machine is a tool primarily used for making round holes or driving fasteners. It is fitted with a bit, either a drill or driver, depending on application, secured by a chuck.

Excavation

The act or process of excavating.

Drill

A tool or machine with a rotating cutting tip or reciprocating hammer or chisel, used for making holes.

Excavation

A hole formed by excavating.

Drill

Instruction or training in military exercises
Parade-ground drill

Excavation

(uncountable) The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass.
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Drill

A predatory mollusc that bores into the shells of other molluscs in order to feed on the soft tissue.

Excavation

(countable) A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping.

Drill

A machine which makes small furrows, sows seed in them, and then covers the seed with earth.

Excavation

(countable) An uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from a covered cutting or tunnel.

Drill

A dark brown baboon with a short tail and a naked blue or purple rump, found in the rainforests of West Africa.

Excavation

(countable) The material dug out in making a channel or cavity.
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Drill

A coarse twilled cotton or linen fabric
Top quality cotton drill with reinforced seams
Sturdy clothes in drill, denim and linen

Excavation

(uncountable) Archaeological research that unearths buildings, tombs and objects of historical value.

Drill

Produce (a hole) in something by or as if by boring with a drill
Drill holes through the tiles for the masonry pins

Excavation

(countable) A site where an archaeological exploration is being carried out.

Drill

Subject (someone) to military training exercises
A sergeant was drilling new recruits

Excavation

(countable) Something uncovered by archaeological excavation.

Drill

Sow (seed) with a drill
Crops drilled in autumn

Excavation

The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass.

Drill

An implement with cutting edges or a pointed end for boring holes in hard materials, usually by a rotating abrasion or repeated blows; a bit.

Excavation

A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping.

Drill

The hand-operated or hand-powered holder for this implement.

Excavation

An uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from a covered cutting or tunnel.
The delivery of the excavations at a distance of 250 feet.

Drill

A loud, harsh noise made by or as if by a powered tool of this kind.

Excavation

The act of digging;
There's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton

Drill

Disciplined, repetitious exercise as a means of teaching and perfecting a skill or procedure.

Excavation

The site of an archeological exploration;
They set up camp next to the dig

Drill

A task or exercise for teaching a skill or procedure by repetition
Conducted an air-raid drill.
A drill for learning the multiplication tables.

Excavation

A hole in the ground made by excavating

Drill

The training of soldiers in marching and the manual of arms.

Excavation

The act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth

Drill

Any of various marine gastropod mollusks, chiefly of the genus Urosalpinx, that bore holes into the shells of bivalve mollusks. U. cinera is destructive to oysters.

Drill

A shallow trench or furrow in which seeds are planted.

Drill

A row of planted seeds.

Drill

A machine or implement for planting seeds in holes or furrows.

Drill

Durable cotton or linen twill of varying weights, generally used for work clothes.

Drill

A large monkey (Mandrillus leucophaeus) of west-central African forests, having an olive brown body and a brightly colored face and resembling the mandrill.

Drill

To make a hole in (a hard material) with a drill
A bit for drilling masonry.

Drill

To make (a hole) with or as if with a drill
Drills holes in trees with its chisellike bill.

Drill

To strike or hit sharply
The batter drilled a single through the infield.

Drill

To instruct thoroughly by repetition in a skill or procedure
Drill pupils in grammar.

Drill

To infuse knowledge of or skill in by repetitious instruction
Drilled the correct spellings into the students' heads.

Drill

To train (soldiers) in marching and the manual of arms.

Drill

To make a hole with or as if with a drill.

Drill

To perform a training exercise.

Drill

To sow (seeds) in rows.

Drill

To plant (a field) in drills.

Drill

(transitive) To create (a hole) by removing material with a drill tool.
Drill a small hole to start the screw in the right direction.

Drill

(intransitive) To practice, especially in (or as in) a military context.
They drilled daily to learn the routine exactly.

Drill

(ergative) To cause to drill practice; to train in military arts.
The sergeant was up by 6:00 every morning, drilling his troops.

Drill

(transitive) To repeat an idea frequently in order to encourage someone to remember it.
The instructor drilled into us the importance of reading the instructions.

Drill

To investigate or examine something in more detail or at a different level
Drill deeper and you may find the underlying assumptions faulty.

Drill

(transitive) To hit or kick with a lot of power.

Drill

(baseball) To hit someone with a pitch, especially in an intentional context.

Drill

To have sexual intercourse with; to penetrate.

Drill

(slang) To shoot; to kill.

Drill

(transitive) To sow (seeds) by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row.

Drill

(transitive) To cause to flow in drills or rills or by trickling; to drain by trickling.
Waters drilled through a sandy stratum

Drill

To protract, lengthen out; fritter away, spend (time) aimlessly.
Quit purposely drilling out the time hoping that someone else will do your chores.

Drill

To entice or allure; to decoy; with on.

Drill

To cause to slip or waste away by degrees.

Drill

A tool used to remove material so as to create a hole, typically by plunging a rotating cutting bit into a stationary workpiece.
Wear safety glasses when operating an electric drill.

Drill

The portion of a drilling tool that drives the bit.
Use a drill with a wire brush to remove any rust or buildup.

Drill

An activity done as an exercise or practice (especially a military exercise), particularly in preparation for some possible future event or occurrence.
Regular fire drills can ensure that everyone knows how to exit safely in an emergency.

Drill

A short and highly repeatable sports training exercise designed to hone a particular skill that may be useful in competition.

Drill

Any of several molluscs, of the genus Urosalpinx, especially the oyster drill (Urosalpinx cinerea), that drill holes in the shells of other animals.

Drill

A style of trap music with gritty, violent lyrics, originating on the South Side of Chicago.

Drill

An agricultural implement for making holes for sowing seed, and sometimes so formed as to contain seeds and drop them into the hole made.

Drill

A light furrow or channel made to put seed into, when sowing.

Drill

A row of seed sown in a furrow.

Drill

(obsolete) A small trickling stream; a rill.

Drill

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

Drill

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

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.

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 practice an exercise or exercises; to train one's self.

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 sow, as seeds, by dribbling them along a furrow or in a row, like a trickling rill of water.

Drill

To entice; to allure from step; to decoy; - with on.
See drilled him on to five-fifty.

Drill

To cause to slip or waste away by degrees.
This accident hath drilled away the whole summer.

Drill

To trickle.

Drill

To sow in drills.

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

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

Any exercise, physical or mental, enforced with regularity and by constant repetition; as, a severe drill in Latin grammar.

Drill

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

A small trickling stream; a rill.
Springs through the pleasant meadows pour their drills.

Drill

An implement for making holes for sowing seed, and sometimes so formed as to contain seeds and drop them into the hole made.

Drill

A large African baboon (Cynocephalus leucophæus).

Drill

Same as Drilling.

Drill

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

Drill

Similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored

Drill

Systematic training by multiple repetitions;
Practice makes perfect

Drill

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

Drill

Make a hole 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

Drill

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

Drill

Learn by repetition;
We drilled French verbs every day
Pianists practice scales

Drill

Teach by repetition

Drill

Undergo military training or do military exercises

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