drill press
a drilling machine having a single vertical spindle.
[1860-65, Amer.]

* * *

or drilling machine

Machine tool for producing holes in hard substances.

The drill is held in a rotating spindle and is fed into the workpiece, which is usually clamped in a vise supported on a table. The drill may be gripped in a chuck with three jaws that move radially in unison, or it may have a tapered shank that fits into a tapered hole in the spindle. Means are provided for varying the spindle speed and (on some machines) for automatically feeding the drill into the workpiece. See also boring machine.

* * *

tool
also called  Drilling Machine,  

      device for producing holes in hard substances. The drill is held in a rotating spindle and is fed into the workpiece, which is usually clamped in a vise resting on a table. The drill may be gripped in a chuck with three jaws that move radially in unison, or it may have a tapered shank that fits into a tapered hole in the spindle. Means are always provided for varying the spindle speed and on some machines for automatically feeding the drill into the workpiece.

      Drill presses for occasional use in general-purpose machine shops usually have only one spindle. For drilling several holes successively or simultaneously in a workpiece, machines with multiple spindles are available. When large quantities of identical mechanical components are required, special-purpose drilling machines, with spindles arranged in a variety of positions relative to the workpiece, can be constructed. Although drill presses are used mainly for drilling holes, they can also be used for enlarging holes with a boring tool or finishing holes with a reamer. With the aid of a special tapping attachment and a tap, they can produce threads in a hole. See also boring machine.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Drill press — A machine for drilling holes in metal, the drill being pressed to the metal by the action of a screw. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drill press — drill′ press n. bui mac a drilling machine having a single vertical spindle • Etymology: 1860–65, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • drill press — n. a machine tool for drilling holes in metal, etc …   English World dictionary

  • drill-press — drilling machine, drilling lathe or drillˈ press noun A machine for boring with a drill or drills • • • Main Entry: ↑drill drill press see ↑drilling machine above. • • • Main Entry: ↑drill …   Useful english dictionary

  • drill press — noun a machine tool with a separate, upright stand; an electric drill is pressed into the work automatically or with a hand lever • Hypernyms: ↑machine tool • Part Meronyms: ↑electric drill * * * noun : an upright drilling machine the drill of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • drill press — noun Date: circa 1864 an upright drilling machine in which the drill is pressed to the work by a hand lever or by power …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • drill press — noun A machine tool in which a rotating cutter, usually a twist drill, is pushed into a workpiece to produce a hole …   Wiktionary

  • drill press — /ˈdrɪl prɛs/ (say dril pres) noun a machine tool for boring holes with a drill or drills …   Australian English dictionary

  • drill press — A nonportable machine used for drilling …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Drill — Drill, n. 1. An instrument with an edged or pointed end used for making holes in hard substances; strictly, a tool that cuts with its end, by revolving, as in drilling metals, or by a succession of blows, as in drilling stone; also, a drill press …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”