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Drill (the primate)

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch drillen ‘bore, move in a circle’.

Verb

Infinitive
to drill

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to drill (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To create a hole by removing material with a drill (1)
    Drill a small hole to start the screw in the right direction.
  2. To practice, especially in a military context
    They drilled daily to learn the routine exactly.
  3. To repeat an idea frequently in order to encourage someone to remember it
    The instructor drilled into us the importance of reading the instructions.
  4. To investigate or examine something in more detail or at a different level
    Drill deeper and you may find the underlying assumptions faulty.
  5. (ergative) To cause one's subordinates to drill (2)
    The sergeant was up by 6:00 every morning, drilling his troops.
Translations

Noun

Singular
drill

Plural
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A drill (the tool)
  1. 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.
  2. The portion of a drilling tool that drives the bit
    Use a drill with a wire brush to remove any rust or buildup.
  3. An activity done as an exercise or practice (especially a military exercise)
    Regular fire drills can ensure that everyone knows how to exit safely in an emergency.
  4. A strong, durable cotton fabric with a strong bias (diagonal) in the weave.
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

Probably of African origin; compare mandrill.

Noun

Singular
drill

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