ˈdrōn
How to pronounce drone (audio)

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

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

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

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