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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 remotely controlled or autonomous aircraft with no pilot on board. Also called unmanned aircraft system.

[Middle English, from Old English drān. Sense 4, originally 1930s US naval jargon introduced by Commander (later Rear Admiral) Delmer Fahrney (1898-1984), in reference to the fact that such pilotless aircraft, at first used for target practice, were controlled by an operator on the ground or in a mother ship or aircraft, likened to a queen bee.]

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 ?
That all this might not be too onerous on the purses of his rustic patrons, who are apt to considered the costs of schooling a grievous burden, and schoolmasters as mere drones he had various ways of rendering himself both useful and agreeable.
said De Bracy; ``of stingless drones rather; a band of lazy knaves, who take to the wood, and destroy the venison rather than labour for their maintenance.
I remember, one morning, when Glumdalclitch had set me in a box upon a window, as she usually did in fair days to give me air(for I durst not venture to let the box be hung on a nail out of the window, as we do with cages in England), after I had lifted up one of my sashes, and sat down at my table to eat a piece of sweet cake for my breakfast, above twenty wasps, allured by the smell, came flying into the room, humming louder than the drones of as many bagpipes.
That I believe," said Sancho; "and they would be great fools if they did or thought otherwise; once more I say, see to my feeding and my Dapple's for that is the great point and what is most to the purpose; and when the hour comes let us go the rounds, for it is my intention to purge this island of all manner of uncleanness and of all idle good-for-nothing vagabonds; for I would have you know that lazy idlers are the same thing in a State as the drones in a hive, that eat up the honey the industrious bees make.
An Academician would say that the entertainments of the fashionable world are collections of flowers which attract inconstant butterflies, famished bees, and buzzing drones.
So while the industrious bees were out among the flowers, he led the drones to the hive, and took possession of the honey, destroying and laying waste the home of the kind bees; then, fearing that in their grief and anger they might harm him, Thistle flew away to seek new friends.
But we're hatching out drones with workers' stomachs; workers with drones' stomachs; and albinoes and mixed-leggers who can't pack pollen--like that poor little beast yonder.
There were dead bees, drones, sweepings, and stale combs, and wings of marauding moths that had strayed in after honey, all tumbled in smooth piles of the finest black dust.
Why, they are the deadheads, the drones in the great hive, the street crowds that lounge about, gaping at those who are working.
SOCIETY is here used in a restricted sense, a common usage of the times to denote the gilded drones that did no labor, but only glutted themselves at the honey-vats of the workers.
Both gods and men are angry with a man who lives idle, for in nature he is like the stingless drones who waste the labour of the bees, eating without working; but let it be your care to order your work properly, that in the right season your barns may be full of victual.
If we admire the truly wonderful power of scent by which the males of many insects find their females, can we admire the production for this single purpose of thousands of drones, which are utterly useless to the community for any other end, and which are ultimately slaughtered by their industrious and sterile sisters?