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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.


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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