from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small string-bow, generally made of a thin slip of steel, used to turn a drill, the string being twisted about the drill and the bow being reciprocated forward and backward. See cut under bow-drill.
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From the ceiling, too, hung models, cleverly constructed in various materials; and here -- a cork with quills stuck into it, and with a kind of drill-bow -- was the little flying model of Sir George Cayley.
The Indians work the sticks with the palms of the hands, holding the lower piece between the feet; but it is better to have a man to hold the lower piece while another man works the drill-bow.