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drill1

 
 
pronunciation:
drIl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a tool consisting of a shaft that has sharp cutting edges and is used to make holes in wood, metal, or the like, usu. by means of rotation; drill bit.
You can get the screws in more easily if you use a drill to make the holes first.
 
synonyms:
bit
similar words:
borer, rotary
definition 2: a device that holds and often powers a drill bit or drill shaft.
This drill handles nicely, and it runs on batteries.
similar words:
borer, rotary
definition 3: a learning or training procedure consisting of frequent repetition of an action or item to be learned.
The sergeant oversees the marching drills.The third-graders are doing multiplication drills now.
similar words:
discipline, exercise, practice, regimen, routine, training
definition 4: any of various marine mollusks that kill oysters and the like by making holes in their shells.
similar words:
gastropod, mollusk
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: drilled, drilling, drills
definition 1: to produce a hole or holes in, as by the use of a drill.
This gadget isn't powerful enough to drill that metal.
synonyms:
bore
similar words:
hole, pierce, puncture
definition 2: to produce (a hole or holes) with a drill.
You need to drill holes through the wood in these two spots.The carpenter drilled a hole in the wall.
synonyms:
bore
similar words:
hole, pierce, puncture
definition 3: to teach or train by means of disciplined or repetitive activities.
His father drilled him in the spelling words before the quiz.
synonyms:
practice, train
similar words:
catechize, coach, cram, discipline, instruct, rehearse, school, teach, tutor
definition 4: to instruct others in (a body of knowledge or skill) by means of a disciplined or repetitive procedure.
The teacher thinks it's important to drill the irregular verbs.
synonyms:
practice
definition 5: (informal) to pierce or strike accurately, as with a gunshot or punch.
Come one step closer and I'll drill the kid.
synonyms:
nail
similar words:
hit, shoot, strike
definition 6: (informal) in sports, to make (a throw, hit, shot, or the like) with force and speed.
Wow! He drilled that pass to the halfback.
similar words:
shoot, throw
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to produce a hole or holes in something, as by the use of a drill.
First I'll drill, and then I'll do the sanding.
synonyms:
bore
similar words:
hole
definition 2: to repeat actions or items so as to learn them.
We drill everyday, but I still don't seem to get better.
synonyms:
practice
similar words:
train
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derivations: drillable (adj.), driller (n.)
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