Webster's Dictionary, 1913
1. The act of piercing with a drill. 2. A training by repeated exercises.
Drilling noun The act of using a drill in sowing seeds.
[ German drillich
, from Latin trilix
having three threads, from the of tres
three + licium
a thread of the warm. See Three
, and confer Twill
.] (Manuf.) A heavy, twilled fabric of linen or cotton.
Drillmaster noun One who teaches drill, especially in the way of gymnastics. Macaulay.
Drillstock noun (Mech.) A contrivance for holding and turning a drill. Knight.
Drily adverb See Dryly . Thackeray.
Drimys (drī"mĭs) noun [ New Latin , from Greek drimy`s sharp, acrid.] (Botany) A genus of magnoliaceous trees. Drimys aromatica furnishes Winter's bark.
(drĭnk) intransitive verb
[ imperfect Drank
(drănk), formerly Drunk
(drŭnk); & past participle Drunk
(-'n); present participle & verbal noun Drinking
is now rarely used, except as a verbal adj. in sense of habitually intoxicated
; the form drank
, not infrequently used as a past participle , is not so analogical.] [ Anglo-Saxon drincan
; akin to Old Saxon drinkan
, Dutch drinken
, German trinken
, Icelandic drekka
, Swedish dricka
, Danish drikke
, Goth. drigkan
. Confer Drench
.] 1. To swallow anything liquid, for quenching thirst or other purpose; to imbibe; to receive or partake of, as if in satisfaction of thirst; as, to drink from a spring.
Gird thyself, and serve me, till have eaten and drunken ; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink . Luke xvii. 8.
He shall drink of the wrath the Almighty. Job xxi. 20.
Drink of the cup that can not cloy. Keble. 2. To quaff exhilarating or intoxicating liquors, in merriment or feasting; to carouse; to revel; hence, to lake alcoholic liquors to excess; to be intemperate in the ...se of intoxicating or spirituous liquors; to tipple. Pope.
And they drank , and were merry with him. Gem. xliii. 34.
Bolingbroke always spoke freely when he had drunk freely. Thackeray. To drink to
, to salute in drinking; to wish well to, in the act of taking the cup; to pledge in drinking.
I drink to the general joy of the whole table, Shak.
And to our dear friend Banquo.
Drink transitive verb 1. To swallow (a liquid); to receive, as a fluid, into the stomach; to imbibe; as, to drink milk or water.
There lies she with the blessed gods in bliss, Spenser.
There drinks the nectar with ambrosia mixed.
The bowl of punch which was brewed and drunk in Mrs. Betty's room. Thackeray. 2. To take in (a liquid), in any manner; to suck up; to absorb; to imbibe.
And let the purple violets drink the stream. Dryden. 3. To take in; to receive within one, through the senses; to inhale; to hear; to see.
To drink the cooler air, Tennyson.
My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words Shak.
Of that tongue's utterance.
Let me . . . drink delicious poison from thy eye. Pope. 4. To smoke, as tobacco.
And some men now live ninety years and past, Taylor (1630.) To drink down
Who never drank to tobacco first nor last.
, to act on by drinking; to reduce or subdue; as, to drink down unkindness. Shak.
-- To drink in
, to take into one's self by drinking, or as by drinking; to receive and appropriate as in satisfaction of thirst.
"Song was the form of literature which he [ Burns] had drunk in
from his cradle." J. C. Shairp.
-- To drink off
, to drink the whole at a draught; as, to drink off a cup of cordial.
-- To drink the health of
, or To drink to the health of
, to drink while expressing good wishes for the health or welfare of.
Drink noun 1. Liquid to be swallowed; any fluid to be taken into the stomach for quenching thirst or for other purposes, as water, coffee, or decoctions.
Give me some drink , Titinius. Shak. 2. Specifically, intoxicating liquor; as, when drink is on, wit is out. Drink money
, or Drink penny
, an allowance, or perquisite, given to buy drink; a gratuity.
-- Drink offering (Script.)
, an offering of wine, etc., in the Jewish religious service.
-- In drink
"The poor monster's in drink
-- Strong drink
, intoxicating liquor; esp., liquor containing a large proportion of alcohol.
" Wine is a mocker, strong drink
is raging." Prov. xx. 1.
Drinkable adjective Capable of being drunk; suitable for drink; potable. Macaulay. Also used substantively, esp. in the plural. Steele.
Drinkableness noun State of being drinkable.
Drinker noun One who drinks; as, the effects of tea on the drinker ; also, one who drinks spirituous liquors to excess; a drunkard. Drinker moth (Zoology) , a large British moth ( Odonestis potatoria ).
Drinking noun Drinking horn , a drinking vessel made of a horn.
1. The act of one who drinks; the act of imbibing. 2. The practice of partaking to excess of intoxicating liquors. 3. An entertainment with liquors; a carousal. » Drinking is used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound; as, a drinking song, drinking cup, drinking glass, drinking house, etc.
Drinkless adjective Destitute of drink. Chaucer.
Drip intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dripped
; present participle & verbal noun Dripping
.] [ Akin to LG. drippen
, Danish dryppe
, from a noun. See Drop
.] 1. To fall in drops; as, water drips from the eaves. 2. To let fall drops of moisture or liquid; as, a wet garment drips .
The dark round of the dripping wheel. Tennyson.
Drip transitive verb To let fall in drops.
Which from the thatch drips fast a shower of rain. Swift.
Drip noun 1. A falling or letting fall in drops; a dripping; that which drips, or falls in drops.
The light drip of the suspended oar. Byron. 2. (Architecture) That part of a cornice, sill course, or other horizontal member, which projects beyond the rest, and is of such section as to throw off the rain water. Right of drip (Law)
, an easement or servitude by which a man has the right to have the water flowing from his house fall on the land of his neighbor.
Dripping noun Dripping pan , a pan for receiving the fat which drips from meat in roasting.
1. A falling in drops, or the sound so made. 2. That which falls in drops, as fat from meat in roasting.
[ From Drip
, confer Dribble
.] Weak or rare.
Dripstone noun (Architecture) A drip, when made of stone. See Drip , 2.
(drīv) transitive verb
[ imperfect Drove
(drōv), formerly Drave
(drāv); past participle Driven
(drĭv'n); present participle & verbal noun Driving
.] [ Anglo-Saxon drīfan
; akin to Old Saxon drīban
, Dutch drijven
, Old High German trīban
, German treiben
, Icelandic drīfa
, Goth. dreiban
. Confer Drift
.] 1. To impel or urge onward by force in a direction away from one, or along before one; to push forward; to compel to move on; to communicate motion to; as, to drive cattle; to drive a nail; smoke drives persons from a room.
A storm came on and drove them into Pylos. Jowett (Thucyd. ).
Shield pressed on shield, and man drove man along. Pope.
Go drive the deer and drag the finny prey. Pope. 2. To urge on and direct the motions of, as the beasts which draw a vehicle, or the vehicle borne by them; hence, also, to take in a carriage; to convey in a vehicle drawn by beasts; as, to drive a pair of horses or a stage; to drive a person to his own door.
How . . . proud he was to drive such a brother! Thackeray. 3. To urge, impel, or hurry forward; to force; to constrain; to urge, press, or bring to a point or state; as, to drive a person by necessity, by persuasion, by force of circumstances, by argument, and the like.
" Enough to drive
one mad." Tennyson.
He, driven to dismount, threatened, if I did not do the like, to do as much for my horse as fortune had done for his. Sir P. Sidney. 4. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute.
[ Now used only colloquially.] Bacon.
The trade of life can not be driven without partners. Collier. 5. To clear, by forcing away what is contained.
To drive the country, force the swains away. Dryden. 6. (Mining) To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel. Tomlinson. 7. To pass away; -- said of time.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
, in all its senses, implies forcible or violent action. It is the reverse of to lead
. To drive
a body is to move it by applying a force behind; to lead
is to cause to move by applying the force before, or in front. It takes a variety of meanings, according to the objects by which it is followed; as, to drive an engine
, to direct and regulate its motions; to drive logs
, to keep them in the current of a river and direct them in their course; to drive feathers
, to place them in a machine, which, by a current of air, drives
off the lightest to one end, and collects them by themselves. "My thrice- driven
bed of down." Shak.
Drive intransitive verb 1. To rush and press with violence; to move furiously.
Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails. Dryden.
Under cover of the night and a driving tempest. Prescott.
Time driveth onward fast, Tennyson. 2. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; to be driven.
And in a little while our lips are dumb.
The hull drives on, though mast and sail be torn. Byron.
The chaise drives to Mr. Draper's chambers. Thackeray. 3. To go by carriage; to pass in a carriage; to proceed by directing or urging on a vehicle or the animals that draw it; as, the coachman drove to my door. 4. To press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an effort; to strive; -- usually with at .
Let them therefore declare what carnal or secular interest he drove at. South. 5. To distrain for rent.
[ Obsolete] To let drive
, to aim a blow; to strike with force; to attack.
"Four rogues in buckram let drive
at me." Shak.
Drive (drīv) past participle Driven. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
(drīv) noun 1. The act of driving; a trip or an excursion in a carriage, as for exercise or pleasure; -- distinguished from a ride taken on horseback. 2. A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving. 3. Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; esp., a forced or hurried dispatch of business.
The Murdstonian drive in business. M. Arnold. 4. In type founding and forging, an impression or matrix, formed by a punch drift. 5. A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river.
[ Colloq.] Syn.
-- See Ride
Drive intransitive verb (Golf) To make a drive, or stroke from the tee.
Drive transitive verb Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel (the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw.
1. In various games, as tennis, cricket, etc., the act of player who drives the ball; the stroke or blow; the flight of the ball, etc., so driven. 2. (Golf) A stroke from the tee, generally a full shot made with a driver; also, the distance covered by such a stroke. 6. An implement used for driving; as: (a) A mallet. (b) A tamping iron. (c) A cooper's hammer for driving on barrel hoops. (d) A wooden- headed golf club with a long shaft, for playing the longest strokes.
[ Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Drivebolt noun A drift; a tool for setting bolts home.
Drivel intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Driveled
; present participle & verbal noun Driveling
.] [ Confer Middle English dravelen
, to slaver, and English drabble
. Confer Drool
.] 1. To slaver; to let spittle drop or flow from the mouth, like a child, idiot, or dotard. 2.
[ Perh. a different word: confer Icelandic drafa
to talk thick.] To be weak or foolish; to dote; as, a driveling hero; driveling love. Shak. Dryden.
1. Slaver; saliva flowing from the mouth. 2. Inarticulate or unmeaning utterance; foolish talk; babble. 3. A driveler; a fool; an idiot. [ Obsolete] Sir P. Sidney. 4. A servant; a drudge. [ Obsolete] Huloet.
Driveler noun A slaverer; a slabberer; an idiot; a fool. [ Written also driveller .]
Driven past participle of Drive . Also adj . Driven well
, a well made by driving a tube into the earth to an aqueous stratum; -- called also drive well .
Drivepipe noun A pipe for forcing into the earth.
[ From Drive
.] 1. One who, or that which, drives; the person or thing that urges or compels anything else to move onward. 2. The person who drives beasts or a carriage; a coachman; a charioteer, etc.; hence, also, one who controls the movements of a locomotive. 3. An overseer of a gang of slaves or gang of convicts at their work. 4. (Machinery) A part that transmits motion to another part by contact with it, or through an intermediate relatively movable part, as a gear which drives another, or a lever which moves another through a link, etc. Specifically: (a) The driving wheel of a locomotive. (b) An attachment to a lathe, spindle, or face plate to turn a carrier. (c) A crossbar on a grinding mill spindle to drive the upper stone. 5. (Nautical) The after sail in a ship or bark, being a fore-and-aft sail attached to a gaff; a spanker. Totten. Driver ant (Zoology)
, a species of African stinging ant; one of the visiting ants ( Anomma arcens ); -- so called because they move about in vast armies, and drive away or devour all insects and other small animals.
Driveway noun A passage or way along or through which a carriage may be driven.
Driving adjective 1. Having great force of impulse; as, a driving wind or storm. 2. Communicating force; impelling; as, a driving shaft. Driving axle
, the axle of a driving wheel, as in a locomotive.
-- Driving box (Locomotive)
, the journal box of a driving axle. See Illust. of Locomotive .
-- Driving note (Mus.)
, a syncopated note; a tone begun on a weak part of a measure and held through the next accented part, thus anticipating the accent and driving it through.
-- Driving spring
, a spring fixed upon the box of the driving axle of a locomotive engine to support the weight and deaden shocks.
[ Eng.] Weale.
-- Driving wheel (Machinery)
, a wheel that communicates motion; one of the large wheels of a locomotive to which the connecting rods of the engine are attached; -- called also, simply, driver . See Illust. of Locomotive .
1. The act of forcing or urging something along; the act of pressing or moving on furiously. 2. Tendency; drift. [ R.]
Drizzle intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Drizzled
; present participle & verbal noun Drizzling
.] [ Prop. freq. of Anglo-Saxon dreósan
to fall. See Dreary
.] To rain slightly in very small drops; to fall, as water from the clouds, slowly and in fine particles; as, it drizzles ; drizzling drops or rain.
Drizzle transitive verb To shed slowly in minute drops or particles. "The air doth drizzle dew." Shak.
Drizzle noun Fine rain or mist. Halliwell.
Drizzly adjective Characterized by small rain, or snow; moist and disagreeable. "Winter's drizzly reign." Dryden.
Drock noun A water course. [ Prov. Eng.]
Drofland, Dryfland noun
[ See Drove
.] (Law) An ancient yearly payment made by some tenants to the king, or to their landlords, for the privilege of driving their cattle through a manor to fairs or markets. Cowell.
[ Confer Drag
.] A small craft used in the West India Islands to take off sugars, rum, etc., to the merchantmen; also, a vessel for transporting lumber, cotton, etc., coastwise; as, a lumber drogher .
[ Written also droger
.] Ham. Nar. Encyc.
Drogue noun (Nautical) See Drag , noun , 6, and Drag sail , under Drag , noun
Droh imperfect of Draw .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Droil intransitive verb [ Dutch druilen to mope.] To work sluggishly or slowly; to plod. [ Obsolete]
[ Dutch druil
sluggard. Confer Droll
.] 1. A drudge.
[ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl. 2. Mean labor; toil.