Word of the Day: drill

Word of the Day
July 7, 2016
due (noun, verb)
/drɪl/  sound icon
 
 
A drill is a tool, often electric, used for making holes in walls and other hard surfaces. It is also a military exercise or another form of training exercise, often related to security and emergencies, as well as a repetitive and mechanical exercise. In addition, the drill can be the correct way of behaving in certain situations. As a verb, drill means 'to make a hole with a drill' and 'to pierce the earth looking for oil.' It also means 'to instruct in military marching' or 'to teach by repetition.'

 

Example sentences
 
Sandra used a drill to make holes in the wall, so she could put the shelves up.
The soldiers were doing drills in the yard.
We have regular drills to make sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.
Before the VIP's visit, the CEO sent an email to all the staff to make sure everyone knew the drill.
The company is drilling somewhere near here.
The French teacher drilled his students on –er verbs.

 

Did you know?
 
A fire drill is an exercise carried out in a company, hotel, or other building to make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a real fire. If you take part in a fire drill, you will be expected to act just as if there was a real fire and follow all the safety regulations, like using the stairs instead of the elevator, and to report to someone whose job it is to check everyone has safely left the building. Schools and companies in places where earthquakes or tornadoes are common also hold earthquake or tornado drills.
 
Other forms
 
driller (noun), drillable (adjective)
 
Origin
 
Drill dates back to the early 17th century, and comes from the Dutch noun dril (meaning 'instrument to bore holes'), and the Dutch verb drillen (to bore holes).
 
 
 
 
 
Drill in other languages
 
 
 
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