Drills and augers are most commonly used for boring holes. A gimlet can also be used for this purpose. Which tool is used depends upon the material being bored.
People have been using tools to bore holes for tens of thousands of years. Very early man used sharpened objects to create primitive drills; augers did not come into use until the Iron Age. The advent of industry allowed these tools to become stronger and more complex over time until they resembled the simple machines used today. Modern drills and augers create holes in everything from soft wood to solid steel.