(noun, verb)


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

Definition categories: man–made, tool

2. similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored

Definition categories: animal, baboon

3. systematic training by multiple repetitions

Similar word(s): exercise, practice, recitation

Definition categories: act, grooming, preparation, training

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

Definition categories: act, grooming, preparation, training

Sentences with drill as a noun:

- Wear safety glasses when operating an electric drill.

- Use a drill with a wire brush to remove any rust or buildup.

- Regular fire drills can ensure that everyone knows how to exit safely in an emergency.


1. 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

Similar word(s): bore

Definition categories: contact, cut

2. train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons

Definition categories: cognition, develop, educate, prepare, train

3. learn by repetition

- We drilled French verbs every day

Similar word(s): exercise, practice, practise

Definition categories: cognition, learn, read, study, take

4. teach by repetition

Definition categories: cognition, instruct, learn, teach

5. undergo military training or do military exercises

Definition categories: cognition, prepare, train

Sentences with drill as a verb:

- Drill a small hole to start the screw in the right direction.

- They drilled daily to learn the routine exactly.

- The sergeant was up by 6:00 every morning, drilling his troops.

- The instructor drilled into us the importance of reading the instructions.

- Drill deeper and you may find the underlying assumptions faulty.