One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Agriculture. A drill drawn or pushed by hand.
2A hand-operated or hand-held drill; a wheel brace.
3A device for starting a fire consisting of a long piece of thin cylindrical wood whose tip is pressed into a wooden hole or indentation, the shaft being rapidly twirled between the hands to create friction until a glowing ember is produced.
Mid 18th century. From hand + drill.
hand drill/ˈhan(d) drɪl/
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