from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A drill instructor.
  • n. An instructor given to extremely rigorous training.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. one who trains others in something
  • n. a person who instructs in marching drill

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who teaches drill, especially in the way of gymnastics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who gives practical instruction in military tactics and the use of arms; hence, one who trains in anything, especially in a mechanical manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a noncommissioned officer who instructs recruits in military marching and discipline


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  • -- one you can trust, 'he said, and fondled her hastily, much as a gentle kind of drillmaster straightens a fair pupil's shoulders.

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  • And she has been trying to silence her inner drillmaster.

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  • He went to see Bronzini, his old chess mentor, a sweet-natured man and not-so-willing drillmaster.


  • Assigned to a battery as a drillmaster, Pelham fought with the unit at Manassas.17

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  • Making notations on a clipboard, the woman stalked back and forth like a disgusted drillmaster.

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  • Davis's hope was that Robertson's admitted abilities as a drillmaster could be well employed in the training of Ashby's men.


  • We'll have to give them a liaison officer, someone senior enough to smooth Lord Kiely's feathers and allay General Valverde's suspicions, but why not give them a drillmaster too?

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  • She vanished completely, then rose spluttering and cursing like a drillmaster.

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  • Today Sanguinet spoke as a Guildsman to a brother, not as a drillmaster belittling a recruit.

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