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drone 1

 (drōn)
n.
1. A male bee, especially a honeybee, that is characteristically stingless, performs no work, and produces no honey. Its only function is to mate with the queen bee.
2. An idle person who lives off others; a loafer.
3. A person who does tedious or menial work; a drudge: "undervalued drones who labored in obscurity" (Caroline Bates).
4. A pilotless aircraft operated by remote control.

[Middle English, from Old English drān.]

drone 2

 (drōn)
v. droned, dron·ing, drones
v.intr.
1. To make a continuous low dull humming sound: "Somewhere an electric fan droned without end" (William Styron).
2. To speak in a monotonous tone: The lecturer droned on for hours.
3. To pass or act in a monotonous way.
v.tr.
To utter in a monotonous low tone: "The mosquitoes droned their angry chant" (W. Somerset Maugham).
n.
1. A continuous low humming or buzzing sound.
2. Music
a. Any of the pipes of a bagpipe that lack finger holes and produce a single tone.
b. A long sustained tone.
c. Any of various instruments that produce only a constant pitch.

[From drone (from the bee's humming sound).]

drone

(drəʊn)
n
1. (Zoology) a male bee in a colony of social bees, whose sole function is to mate with the queen
2. Brit a person who lives off the work of others
3. (Aeronautics) a pilotless radio-controlled aircraft
[Old English drān; related to Old High German treno drone, Gothic drunjus noise, Greek tenthrēnē wasp; see drone2]
ˈdronish adj

drone

(drəʊn)
vb
1. (intr) to make a monotonous low dull sound; buzz or hum
2. (when: intr, often foll by on) to utter (words) in a monotonous tone, esp to talk without stopping
n
3. a monotonous low dull sound
4. (Music, other) music
a. a sustained bass note or chord of unvarying pitch accompanying a melody
b. (as modifier): a drone bass.
5. (Instruments) music one of the single-reed pipes in a set of bagpipes, used for accompanying the melody played on the chanter
6. a person who speaks in a low monotonous tone
[C16: related to drone1 and Middle Dutch drōnen, German dröhnen]
ˈdroning adj
ˈdroningly adv

drone1

(droʊn)

n.
1. the male of the honeybee and other bees that is stingless and makes no honey.
2. a craft operated by remote control, esp. a pilotless airplane guided by radio signals.
3. a person who lives on the labor of others; parasitic loafer.
4. a drudge.
[before 1000; Middle English drone, drane, Old English dran, dron]
dron′ish, adj.

drone2

(droʊn)

v. droned, dron•ing,
n. v.i.
1. to make a continued, low, monotonous sound; hum; buzz.
2. to speak in a monotonous tone.
3. to proceed in a dull, monotonous manner (usu. fol. by on).
v.t.
4. to say in a dull, monotonous tone.
n.
5.
a. a musical instrument or one of its parts producing a continuous low tone, esp. a bagpipe.
6. a monotonous low tone; humming or buzzing sound.
[1490–1500; see drone1 and compare Middle English droun to roar, Icelandic drynja to bellow, Gothic drunjus noise]
dron′er, n.
dron′ing•ly, adv.

drone

(drōn)
A male bee, especially a honeybee whose only function is to fertilize the queen. Drones have no stingers, do no work, and do not produce honey.

drone

A land, sea, or air vehicle that is remotely or automatically controlled. See also remotely piloted vehicle; unmanned aerial vehicle.

drone


Past participle: droned
Gerund: droning

Imperative
drone
drone
Present
I drone
you drone
he/she/it drones
we drone
you drone
they drone
Preterite
I droned
you droned
he/she/it droned
we droned
you droned
they droned
Present Continuous
I am droning
you are droning
he/she/it is droning
we are droning
you are droning
they are droning
Present Perfect
I have droned
you have droned
he/she/it has droned
we have droned
you have droned
they have droned
Past Continuous
I was droning
you were droning
he/she/it was droning
we were droning
you were droning
they were droning
Past Perfect
I had droned
you had droned
he/she/it had droned
we had droned
you had droned
they had droned
Future
I will drone
you will drone
he/she/it will drone
we will drone
you will drone
they will drone
Future Perfect
I will have droned
you will have droned
he/she/it will have droned
we will have droned
you will have droned
they will have droned
Future Continuous
I will be droning
you will be droning
he/she/it will be droning
we will be droning
you will be droning
they will be droning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been droning
you have been droning
he/she/it has been droning
we have been droning
you have been droning
they have been droning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been droning
you will have been droning
he/she/it will have been droning
we will have been droning
you will have been droning
they will have been droning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been droning
you had been droning
he/she/it had been droning
we had been droning
you had been droning
they had been droning
Conditional
I would drone
you would drone
he/she/it would drone
we would drone
you would drone
they would drone
Past Conditional
I would have droned
you would have droned
he/she/it would have droned
we would have droned
you would have droned
they would have droned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drone - stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queendrone - stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen
bee - any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
2.drone - an unchanging intonation
intonation, pitch contour, modulation - rise and fall of the voice pitch
3.drone - someone who takes more time than necessarydrone - someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer, bum - person who does no work; "a lazy bum"
lingerer, loiterer - someone who lingers aimlessly in or about a place
slowcoach, slowpoke, stick-in-the-mud, plodder - someone who moves slowly; "in England they call a slowpoke a slowcoach"
potterer, putterer - a person who putters about
straggler, strayer - someone who strays or falls behind
4.drone - an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control
heavier-than-air craft - a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it
5.drone - a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone
bagpipe - a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone
pipe - a tubular wind instrument
Verb1.drone - make a monotonous low dull sound; "The harmonium was droning on"
sound, go - make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
2.drone - talk in a monotonous voice
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

drone

1
noun parasite, skiver (Brit. slang), idler, lounger, piker (Austral. & N.Z. slang), leech, loafer, couch potato (slang), scrounger (informal), sponger (informal), sluggard, bludger (Austral. & N.Z. informal) A few are dim-witted drones, but most are talented.

drone

2
verb
1. hum, buzz, vibrate, purr, whirr, thrum An invisible plane drones through the night sky.
noun
1. hum, buzz, purr, vibration, whirr, whirring, thrum the constant drone of the motorway
drone on speak monotonously, drawl, chant, spout, intone, talk interminably Her voice droned on.

drone 1

noun
A self-indulgent person who spends time avoiding work or other useful activity:
Slang: slouch.

drone 2

verb
To make a continuous low-pitched droning sound:
noun
A continuous low-pitched droning sound:
Translations
ذَكَر النَّحِلشَخْص كَسولطَنينيَتَكَلَّمُ بِصَوْتٍ مُمِليَطِنُّ
бръмчатъртей
trubecvrčethučeníhučetlenoch
brummedagdriverdronesummen
huminakuhnurilennokkisurinatyöläinen
döngésherehere méhmonoton hangon elmondsemmittevõ
susurro
drunur; suîkarlbÿflugaletingi, iîjuleysingisuîa; drynjatala tilbreytingarlaust
bambėtigaustimonotoniškai kalbėtitranas
dūkoņadūkšanadūktliekēdismonotoni runāt
bourdondardrone
brzęczeniesamolot bezzałogowy
trântor
trúd
trot
drönare
asalakerkek arımonoton bir sesle konuşmaktembel kimseuğuldamak

drone

[drəʊn]
A. N
1. (= male bee) → zángano m
2. (= noise) [of bees, engine] → zumbido m; [of voice] → tono m monótono
3. (= sponger) → parásito/a m/f
B. VI [bee, engine, aircraft] → zumbar; [voice, person] (also drone on) → hablar monótonamente
he droned on and onhablaba y hablaba en tono monótono

drone

[ˈdrəʊn]
vi
[bee] → bourdonner
[engine] → ronronner
(also drone on) [person] → parler d'une voix monocorde
n
(= noise) [insect] → bourdonnement m; [plane, traffic] → ronronnement m
(= male bee) → faux-bourdon m

drone

n
(= bee, fig) → Drohne f
(= sound, of bees) → Summen nt; (of engine, aircraft)Brummen nt
(= monotonous way of speaking)monotone Stimme
(Mus, = bass voice part) → Bass m; (of bagpipes)Brummer m; (sound) → Bordun(ton) m
(Aviat, = robot plane) → ferngesteuertes Flugzeug
vi
(bee)summen; (engine, aircraft)brummen
(= speak monotonously: also drone away or on) → eintönig sprechen; (in reciting) → leiern; he droned on and on for hourser redete stundenlang in seinem monotonen Tonfall; we had to listen to him droning on about politicswir mussten seinem monotonen Geschwafel über Politik zuhören (inf)

drone

[drəʊn]
1. n
a. (male bee) → fuco, pecchione m
b. (noise, of bees, aircraft) → ronzio; (of voices) → brusio
2. vi (bee, engine, aircraft) → ronzare; (person) (also drone on) → continuare a parlare (in modo monotono); (voice) → continuare a ronzare

drone

(drəun) noun
1. the male of the bee.
2. a person who is lazy and idle.
3. a deep, humming sound. the distant drone of traffic.
verb
1. to make a low, humming sound. An aeroplane droned overhead.
2. to speak in a dull, boring voice. The lecturer droned on and on.
References in classic literature ?
The soft drone of her voice was making him stiller and stiller and she saw it and went on.
It disturbed the Doctor too, for when I went back to replace the candle I had taken from the table, he was patting her head, in his fatherly way, and saying he was a merciless drone to let her tempt him into reading on; and he would have her go to bed.
First crept The Parsimonious Emmet, provident Of future, in small room large heart enclos'd, Pattern of just equalitie perhaps Hereafter, join'd in her popular Tribes Of Commonaltie: swarming next appeer'd The Femal Bee that feeds her Husband Drone Deliciously, and builds her waxen Cells With Honey stor'd: the rest are numberless, And thou thir Natures know'st, and gav'st them Names, Needlest to thee repeaed; nor unknown The Serpent suttl'st Beast of all the field, Of huge extent somtimes, with brazen Eyes And hairie Main terrific, though to thee Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.
The young bee held it out in silence--unmistakably a drone leg incapable of packing pollen.
That the usurer is the drone, that Virgil speaketh of;
The air was calm, full of the eternal hum of insects, a tropical chorus of many octaves, from the deep drone of the bee to the high, keen pipe of the mosquito.
Presently from the darkness there came the distant drone of powerful engines.
Presently the thin wavering voice broke the stillness, repeating in a singsong drone the words which for countless ages had sealed the doom of numberless victims.
A priest opened a book and, raising his hand, commenced to drone out a sing-song ritual.
I wished to recline at full length in a cushioned invalid chair, with pictures about me and sumptuous furniture; with frescoed walls and gilded arches above me and vistas of Corinthian columns stretching far before me; with perfumes of Araby to intoxicate my senses and the slumbrous drone of distant noises to soothe me to sleep.
Two tables further on, a palmer, with his pilgrim's costume complete, was practising the lament of the Holy Queen, not forgetting the drone and the nasal drawl.
he predicted; and Aramis, laden with his booty like the king of the bees, that great black drone, decked with purple and gold, re-entered his apartment, silent and busy.