drone


1drone

noun \ˈdrōn\

Definition of DRONE

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
:  one that lives on the labors of others :  parasite
3
:  an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control
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

entomology, gadfly, pismire, proboscis, vespine

2drone

verb

: to make a continuous low humming sound

droneddron·ing

Full Definition of DRONE

intransitive verb
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>
2
:  to pass, proceed, or act in a dull, drowsy, or indifferent manner <the afternoon droned on>
transitive verb
1
:  to utter or pronounce with a drone
2
:  to pass or spend in dull or monotonous activity or in idleness
dron·er noun
dron·ing·ly \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>

First Known Use of DRONE

circa 1520

3drone

noun

Definition of DRONE

1
:  a deep sustained or monotonous sound :  hum
2
:  an instrument or part of an instrument (as one of the fixed-pitch pipes of a bagpipe) that sounds a continuous unvarying tone

First Known Use of DRONE

circa 1520

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