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English noun: drill

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


Broader (hypernym)tool


Narrower (hyponym)auger, bore bit, borer, brace and bit, breast drill, burr drill, core drill, dentist's drill, gimlet, hand drill, handheld drill, power drill, reamer, rock drill, screw auger, stone drill, trepan, wimble


Part holonymbit, chuck

2. drill (animal) similar to the mandrill but smaller and less brightly colored


SynonymsMandrillus leucophaeus


Broader (hypernym)baboon

3. drill (act) systematic training by multiple repetitions


SamplesPractice makes perfect.


Synonymsexercise, practice, practice session, recitation


Broader (hypernym)grooming, preparation, training


Narrower (hyponym)brushup, dry run, fire drill, manual, manual of arms, military drill, rehearsal, rehearsal, review, scrimmage, shadowboxing, target practice

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


Broader (hypernym)grooming, preparation, training


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine


English verb: drill

1. drill (contact) make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool


SamplesDon't drill here, there's a gas pipe.
Drill a hole into the wall.
Drill for oil.
Carpenter bees are boring holes into the wall.


Synonymsbore


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cut


Narrower (hyponym)counter-drill, spud, trepan

2. drill (cognition) train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)develop, educate, prepare, train

3. drill (cognition) learn by repetition


SamplesWe drilled French verbs every day.
Pianists practice scales.


Synonymsexercise, practice, practise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)learn, read, study, take

4. drill (cognition) teach by repetition


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)instruct, learn, teach


Narrower (hyponym)beat in, drill in, hammer in, inculcate, infuse, instill, ram down

5. drill (cognition) undergo military training or do military exercises


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)prepare, train









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