What does the word drilling mean?

Usage examples for drilling

  1. While Dickson was thus engaged in Lake Winnebago, a British captain was drilling a number of young Frenchmen at Green Bay, and trying to make soldiers of them; at Mackinac, a similar work was being done among the voyageurs by the two leading fur traders of Prairie du Chien, Brisbois and Rolette. – Stories of the Badger State by Reuben Gold Thwaites
  2. The men soon became efficient in drilling, and on dress parade presented a fine appearance. – Campaign of the Fourteenth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers by J. Newton Terrill
  3. She saw his eyes drilling her, searching her soul, and threatening, always threatening. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann