drone

noun (1)
\ˈdrōn \

Definition of drone 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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 or onboard computers

4a : drudge sense 1

b : drudge sense 2 one of many office drones

drone

verb
droned; droning

Definition of drone (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to make a sustained deep murmuring, humming, or buzzing sound droning bees The air conditioner droned.

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 droning the years away

drone

noun (2)

Definition of drone (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a deep sustained or monotonous sound : hum the drone of the motor

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

3 music : pedal point

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Other Words from drone

Verb

droner noun
droningly \ˈdrō-niŋ-lē \ adverb

Synonyms for drone

Synonyms: Verb

bumble, burr, buzz, hum, whir (also whirr), whish, whiz (or whizz), zip, zoom

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Examples of drone in a Sentence

Verb

We could hear wasps droning in the garden. the sound of droning bees all around us

First Known Use of drone

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drone

Noun (1)

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

Verb

see drone entry 1

Noun (2)

see drone entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near drone

Dromornis

dromos

-dromous

drone

drone bee

drone cell

drone fly

Phrases Related to drone

drone on

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The first known use of drone was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for drone

drone

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drone

: to make a continuous low humming sound

drone

noun
\ˈdrōn \

Kids Definition of drone

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a male bee

drone

verb
droned; droning

Kids Definition of drone (Entry 2 of 3)

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

drone

noun

Kids Definition of drone (Entry 3 of 3)

: a low dull tone or hum

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