from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In oil-well drilling, a method of handling the rope and tools by which the first fifty or sixty feet of an oil-well are bored by the aid of the bull-wheel, the depth not being sufficient to allow of the use of the working-beam for that purpose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun drilling The initial drilling of a well; a test drilling.
  • verb Present participle of spud.


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