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Definition of drill noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a tool or machine with a pointed end for making holes an electric drill a pneumatic drill a hand drill a dentist's drill a drill bit (= the pointed part at the end of the drill )
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a way of learning something by means of repeated exercises
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] a practice of what to do in an emergency, for example if there is a fire a fire drill
  4. 4[uncountable] military training in marching, the use of weapons, etc. rifle drill
  5. 5the drill [singular] the correct or usual way to do something synonym procedure What's the drill for claiming expenses?
  6. 6[uncountable] a type of strong cotton cloth
  7. 7[countable] a machine for planting seeds in rows
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: drill