drill

\ \ English has no fewer than four separate words drill, all of them comparatively recent acquisitions. Drillmake a hole’ [16] was borrowed from Middle Dutch drillen, but beyond that is history is obscure. The word’s military application, to ‘repetitive training’, dates from earliest times, and also existed in the Dutch verb in the 16th century; it seems to have originated as a metaphorical extension of the notion of ‘turning round’ – that is, of troops marching around in circles. Drillsmall furrow for sowing seeds’ [18] may come from the now obsolete noun drillrivulet’, but the origins of this are purely conjectural: some have linked it with the obsolete verb drilltrickle’. Drillstrong fabric’ [18] gets its name from originally being woven from three threads. An earlier form of the word was drilling, an adaptation of German drillich; this in turn was descended from Latin trilix, a compound formed from tri- ‘three’ and līciumthread’ (trellis is a doublet, coming ultimately from the same Latin source). (Cloth woven from two threads, incidentally, is twill [14], or alternatively – from Greek dímitosdimity [15].) DrillAfrican baboon’ [17] comes from a West African word. It occurs also in the compound mondrill [18], the name of a related baboon, which appears to have been formed with English man.
\ \ Cf.TRELLIS; MANDRILL

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  • Drill — Drill, n. 1. A small trickling stream; a rill. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Springs through the pleasant meadows pour their drills. Sandys. [1913 Webster] 2. (Agr.) (a) An implement for making holes for sowing seed, and sometimes so formed as to contain …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drill — Drill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Drilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drilling}.] [D. drillen to bore, drill (soldiers); probably akin to AS. pyrlian, pyrelian, to pierce. See {Thrill}.] 1. To pierce or bore with a drill, or a with a drill; to perforate; as, to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • drill — [n1] practice, exercise assignment, call, conditioning, constitutional, daily dozen*, discipline, dress, drilling, dry run*, gym, homework, instruction, learning by doing, maneuvers, marching, preparation, repetition, run through*, shakedown*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Drill — Drill, n. [Usually in pl.] (Manuf.) Same as {Drilling}. [1913 Webster] {Imperial drill}, a linen fabric having two threads in the warp and three in the filling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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