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drone

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noun \ˈdrōn\

Definition of drone

  1. 1 :  a stingless male bee (as of the honeybee) that has the role of mating with the queen and does not gather nectar or pollen

  2. 2 :  one that lives on the labors of others :  parasite

  3. 3 :  an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control or onboard computers

  4. 4 a :  drudge 1 b :  drudge 2



Origin of drone

Middle English, from Old English drān; akin to Old High German treno drone, Greek thrēnos dirge


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Insect Terms


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drone

verb

Simple Definition of drone

  • : to make a continuous low humming sound

Full Definition of drone

droneddron·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make a sustained deep murmuring, humming, or buzzing sound <droning bees> b :  to talk in a persistently dull or monotonous tone <droning on and on about his health>

  3. 2 :  to pass, proceed, or act in a dull, drowsy, or indifferent manner <the afternoon droned on>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to utter or pronounce with a drone

  6. 2 :  to pass or spend in dull or monotonous activity or in idleness

dron·er noun
dron·ing·ly play \ˈdrō-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of drone

  1. We could hear wasps droning in the garden.

  2. <the sound of droning bees all around us>



Circa 1520

First Known Use of drone

circa 1520


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drone

noun

Definition of drone

  1. 1 :  a deep sustained or monotonous sound :  hum

  2. 2 :  an instrument or part of an instrument (as one of the fixed-pitch pipes of a bagpipe) that sounds a continuous unvarying tone

  3. 3 :  pedal point



Circa 1520

First Known Use of drone

circa 1520



DRONE Defined for Kids

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drone

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noun \ˈdrōn\

Definition of drone

  1. :  a male bee




2

drone

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verb

Definition of drone

droneddron·ing

  1. :  to make or to speak with a low dull tone or hum <The speaker droned on and on.>




3

drone

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noun

Definition of drone

  1. :  a low dull tone or hum





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