1 [intransitive and transitive]TITPG
to make a hole in something using a drill:
Drill a hole in each corner.
He accidentally drilled into a water pipe.
drill for oil/water/gas etc
BP has been licensed to drill for oil in the area.
to teach students, sports players etc by making them repeat the same lesson, exercise etc many times
drill somebody in something
She was drilling the class in the forms of the past tense.
drill somebody to do something
I acted instinctively because I had been trained and drilled to do just that.
The team were well-drilled.
to train soldiers to march or perform other military actions:
The sergeant was drilling the new recruits.
to plant seeds in rows using a machine
drill something into somebodyphrasal verb
Mother had drilled it into me not to talk to strangers.