from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang 1878

  • 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.

    The Prairie Traveler A Hand-book for Overland Expeditions Randolph Barnes Marcy 1849


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