from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hole, aperture, especially a nostril.
- v. To pierce, perforate, penetrate.
- v. To drill or bore.
- v. To throw (a projectile).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bore; to drill or thrill. See thrill.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hole; an opening; a place of entrance, as a door or a window.
- n. In coal-mining, a short passage cut for ventilation between two headings; a cross-hole. Also thirling.
- To pierce; bore; perforate; drill.
- To produce, as a hole, by piercing, boring, or drilling.
- Figuratively, to penetrate; pierce, as with some keen emotion; especially, to wound.
- To cause to vibrate, quiver, or tingle; thrill.
- To make a hole, as by piercing or boring.
- To vibrate; quiver; tingle; thrill.
- In coal-mining, to cut away the last web of coal separating two headings or other workings.
- To thrall, bind, or subject; especially, to bind or astrict by the terms of a lease or otherwise: as, lands thirled to a particular mill. See thirlage.
- n. In Scots law, a tract of land the tenants of which were bound to bring all their grain to a certain mill: same as sucken.
From Middle English thirl, thiril, from Old English þyrel ("a hole made through anything, opening, aperture, orifice, perforation"), from Proto-Germanic *þurhilan (“hole, opening”), equivalent to through + -le. Related to thrill, drill. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English thirlen, thurlen, thorlen, from Old English þyrlian, þyrelian ("to make a hole through, pierce through, perforate; make hollow, excavate; make vain"), from the noun (see above). (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain. Perhaps a blend of throw and hurl. (Wiktionary)