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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 ?
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.
In spite of her immense age (three, years), it rang between the canon-like frames as a pibroch rings in a mountain pass; the fanners changed their note, and repeated it up in every gallery; and the broad-winged drones, burly and eager, ended it on one nerve-thrilling outbreak of bugles: "La Reine le veult
And God has made the flying drones, Adeimantus, all without stings, whereas of the walking drones he has made some without stings but others have dreadful stings; of the stingless class are those who in their old age end as paupers; of the stingers come all the criminal class, as they are termed.
In front of the openings of the hives, it made his eyes giddy to watch the bees and drones whirling round and round about the same spot, while among them the working bees flew in and out with spoils or in search of them, always in the same direction into the wood to the flowering lime trees and back to the hives.
Blunt-bodied drones whizzed to and fro with a noise like miniature high-powered automobiles, as if anxious to convey the idea of being tremendously busy without going to the length of doing any actual work.
Whatever question arose, a swarm of these drones, without having finished their buzzing on a previous theme, flew over to the new one and by their hum drowned and obscured the voices of those who were disputing honestly.
Boarham by name, Bore'em, as I prefer spelling it, for a terrible bore he was: I shudder still at the remembrance of his voice - drone, drone, drone, in my ear - while he sat beside me, prosing away by the half-hour together, and beguiling himself with the notion that he was improving my mind by useful information, or impressing his dogmas upon me and reforming my errors of judgment, or perhaps that he was talking down to my level, and amusing me with entertaining discourse.
That the usurer is the drone, that Virgil speaketh of;
From the blank darkness outside came in, through the aperture that served for a window, all the ever unfamiliar noises of night in the wilderness--the long nameless note of a distant coyote; the stilly pulsing thrill of tireless insects in trees; strange cries of night birds, so different from those of the birds of day; the drone of great blundering beetles, and all that mysterious chorus of small sounds that seem always to have been but half heard when they have suddenly ceased, as if conscious of an indiscretion.
Your Sir William was a drone to Sir Paul, and knew nothing of regularity.
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 must say he thought a drone the embodiment of a pleasanter and wiser idea.