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drill

noun [C] uk   /drɪl/ us  

drill noun [C] (TOOL)

a tool or machine that makes holes: an electric/pneumatic drill a dentist's drill a drill bit (= the sharp part of the drill that cuts the hole)ToolsGardening tools

drill noun [C] (REGULAR ACTIVITY)

an activity that practises a particular skill and often involves repeating the same thing several times, especially a military exercise intended to train soldiers: In some of these schools, army-style drills are used to instil a sense of discipline. a spelling/pronunciation drillExams, tests and exercisesMilitary training and ceremonies

drill

verb uk   /drɪl/ us  

drill verb (MAKE HOLE)

[I or T] to make a hole in something using a special tool: Drill three holes in the wall for the screws. They are going to drill for oil nearby.Making holes in thingsDigging

drill verb (PRACTISE)

[I or T] to practise something, especially military exercises, or to make someone do this: We watched the soldiers drilling on the parade ground.Repeating an actionMilitary training and ceremonies [T usually + adv/prep] to tell someone something repeatedly to make them remember it: It was drilled into us at an early age that we should always say "please" and "thank you". He drilled the children in what they should say.Saying againSaying and uttering
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(Definition of drill from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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