Dictionary: DRIB'BLING – DRINK

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Falling in drops or small drops.

DRI'ED, pp. [of Dry.]

Freed from moisture or sap. [Better written dryed.]

DRI'ER, n. [from dry.]

That which has the quality of drying; that which may expel or absorb moisture; a desiccative. The sun and a north-westerly wind are great driers of the earth. [Better written dryer.]

DRIFT, n.1 [Dan. drift; from drive.]

  1. That which is driven by wind or water, as drift seems to be primarily a participle. Hence,
  2. A heap of any matter driven together; as, a drift of snow, called also a snow-drift; a drift of sand.
  3. A driving; a force impelling or urging forward; impulse; overbearing power or influence; as, the drift of a passion.
  4. Course of any thing; tendency; aim; main force; as, the drift of reasoning or argument; the drift of a discourse.
  5. Any thing driven by force, as, a drift of dust; a log or a raft driven by a stream of water, without guidance. – Dryden.
  6. A shower; a number of things driven at once; as, a drift of bullets. – Shak.
  7. In mining, a passage cut between shaft and shaft; a passage within the earth. – Encyc. Fourcroy.
  8. In navigation, the angle which the line of a ship's motion makes with the nearest meridian, when she drives with her side to the wind and waves, and is not governed by the helm. Also, the distance which the ship drives on that line. – Encyc.
  9. The drift of a current, is its angle and velocity. – Mar. Dict.

DRIFT, n.2

In geology, a term applied to the loose unstratified materials, accumulated on the earth's surface; also called diluvium.

DRIFT, v.i.

  1. To accumulate in heaps by the force of wind; to be driven into heaps; as, snow or sand drifts.
  2. To float or be driven along by a current of water; as, the ship drifted astern; a raft drifted ashore.

DRIFT, v.t.

To drive into heaps; as, a current of wind drifts snow or sand.


Driven along; driven into heaps.


The act of drifting; a drift.


Driving by force; driving into heaps.


In navigation, a sail used under water, veered out right ahead by sheets. – Encyc.


A common way for driving cattle in. – Cowel.


A driving wind; a wind that drives things into heaps. – Beaum.


Wood drifted or floated by water.


  1. A pointed instrument, used for boring holes, particularly in metals and other hard substances. – Moxon.
  2. An ape or baboon. – Locke.
  3. The act of training soldiers to their duty.
  4. A small stream; now called a rill. – Sandys. [Drill is formed on the root of rill, G. rille, a channel.]
  5. In husbandry, a row of grain, sowed by a drill-plow.

DRILL, v.i.

  1. To sow in drills.
  2. To flow gently.
  3. To muster, for exercise. – Beaum.

DRILL, v.t. [Sax. thirlian; G. and D. drillen; Dan. driller; Sw. drilla; to turn, wind or twist; W. rhill, a row or drill; rhilliaw, to drill, to trench; truliaw, to drill, as a hole; troel, a whirl; troelli, to turn or whirl. The latter is evidently connected with roll. Class Rl, No. 4.]

  1. To pierce with a drill; to perforate by turning a sharp pointed instrument of a particular form; to bore and make a hole by turning an instrument. We say, to drill a hole through a piece of metal, or to drill a cannon.
  2. To draw on; to entice; to amuse and put off. She drilled him on to five and fifty. [Not elegant.] – Addison.
  3. To draw on from step to step. [Not elegant.] – South.
  4. To draw through; to drain; as, waters drilled through a sandy stratum. – Thomson.
  5. In a military sense, to teach and train raw soldiers to their duty, by frequent exercise; a common and appropriate use of the word. Hence, to teach by repeated exercise or repetition of acts.
  6. In husbandry, to sow grain in rows, drills or channels.


A box containing the seed.


Bored or perforated with a drill; exercised; sown in rows.


The practice of sowing land by a machine.


A coarse cloth.


Boring with a drill; training to military duty; sowing in drills.


A plow for sowing grain in drills.


Liquor to be swallowed; any fluid to be taken into the stomach, for quenching thirst, or for medicinal purposes; as water, wine, beer, cider, decoctions, &c.

DRINK, v.i. [pret. and pp. drank. Old pret. and pp. drunk; pp. drunken; Sax. drincan, drican, drycian; Goth. dragyan, to give drink; D. drinken; G. trinken; Sw. dricka; Dan. drikker, to drink; Sp. tragar, Port. id., to swallow; trago, a draught. The latter, and probably drink, is from drawing, or the latter may be more nearly allied to W. trochi, or troçi, to plunge, bathe, immerse. Drink and drench are radically the same word, and probably drown. We observe that n is not radical.]

  1. To swallow liquor, for quenching thirst or other purpose; as, to drink of the brook. Ye shall indeed drink of my cup. – Matth. xx.
  2. To take spirituous liquors to excess; to be intemperate in the use of spirituous liquors; to be a habitual drunkard. – Pope.
  3. To feast; to be entertained with liquors. – Shak. To drink to, to salute in drinking; to invite to drink by drinking first; as, I drink to your grace. – Shak. #2. To wish well to, in the act of taking the cup. – Shak.