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

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

Noun 1. 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 queenbee

– any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species

2. drone – an unchanging intonation
3. drone - someone who takes more time than necessarydrone – someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
4. drone – an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote controlheavier-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 tonebagpipe

– a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone

pipe

– a tubular wind instrument

Verb 1. 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

drone

1noun 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

drone 1

noun

A self-indulgent person who spends time avoiding work or other useful activity:

bum

,

fainéant

,

good-for-nothing

,

idler

,

layabout

,

loafer

,

ne’er-do-well

,

no-good

,

slugabed

,

sluggard

,

wastrel

.

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

trântor

trúd

trot

drönare

asalakerkek arımonoton bir sesle konuşmaktembel kimseuğuldamak

drone

[drəʊn]A. N

3. (= sponger) → parásito/a m/f

drone

n

(

= sound

,

of bees

) →

Summen nt

;

(of engine, aircraft)

Brummen nt

(Mus,

= bass voice part

) →

Bass m

;

(of bagpipes)

Brummer m

; (sound) →

Bordun(ton) m

drone

[drəʊn]1. na.

(

male bee

) →

fuco, pecchione mb.

(

noise, of bees, aircraft

) →

ronzio

; (

of voices

) →

brusio

drone

(drəun) noun1.

the male of the bee.

hommel ذَكَر النَّحِل търтей zangão trubec die Drohne drone κηφήναςzángano leskmesilane, isamesilane زنبور عسل نر kuhnuri faux-bourdonדבור नर मधुमक्खी trut here (méh) lebah jantan karlbÿfluga fuco 雄蜂 수펄 tranas trans lebah jantan hommeldrone, hannbie truteń د عسلو نر غومبسه zangão trân­­tor трутень trúd trot trut drönare ผึ้งตัวผู้ erkek arı 雄蜂 трутень نر مکھی ong mật đực 雄蜂2.

a person who is lazy and idle.

leeglêer شَخْص كَسول търтей malandro lenoch der Nichtstuer dagdriver κηφήναςzángano logard آدم تن پرور kuhnuri fainéant/-ante בטלן कामचोर lijenčina semmittevő, here pemalas letingi, iðjuleysingi poltrone, fannullone 怠けもの 게으름쟁이 tranas liekēdis pemalas luilaklatsabb, døgenikt truteń, leniuch نالايق سړى malandro trântor тунеядец leňoch lenuh parazit drönare คนขี้เกียจ tembel kimse, asalak 游手好閒者 ледар نکھٹو ، نکما kẻ ăn không ngồi rồi 懒汉3.

a deep, humming sound.

the distant drone of traffic. gedreun طَنين бръмчене zumbido hučení das Brummen summen βουητόruido, zumbido sumin صدای بم humina bourdonnementזמזום मधुमक्खी आदि की आवाज zujanje döngés dengungan drunur; suð brusio ブーンという音 (벌, 비행기 등이) ‘윙윙’거리는 소리 gausmas, ūžesys dūkšana; dūkoņa dengungan geronksumming, brummingbrzęczenie د بم ږغ zumbido zumzet гул hučanie brnenje zujanje surr, susande, brummande เสียงต่ำ ๆ vızıltı, uğultu 低沉的嗡嗡聲 дзижчання, гудіння بھنبھناہٹ tiếng o o 深沉的嗡嗡声 verb1.

to make a low, humming sound.

An aeroplane droned overhead. dreun يَطِنُّ бръмча zumbir vrčet, hučet brummen brumme βουίζωzumbar sumisema, põrisema صدای بم ایجاد کردن humista bourdonner לְזַמזֵם भिनभिनाहट की आवाज करना brujati zúg mendengung suða; drynja ronzare, fare brusio ブーンという音をたてる ‘윙윙’거리는 소리를 내다 gausti, ūžti dūkt mendengung ronkensumme, brummebuczeć د بم ږغ جوړول zumbir a zumzăi гудеть hučať, bzučať brneti zujati surra ส่งเสียงหึ่ง ๆ vızıldamak, uğuldamak 發出低沉的嗡嗡聲 дзижчати, гудіти بھنبھنانا tạo ra âm thanh o o 发出嗡嗡声2.

to speak in a dull, boring voice.

The lecturer droned on and on. brom يَتَكَلَّمُ بِصَوْتٍ مُمِل говоря монотонно falar monotonamente mluvit monotónně eintönig reden tale monotont μιλώ μονότονα hablar en tono monótono (monotoonselt) rääkima ملال آور ادا کردن puhua yksitoikkoisella äänellä parler d’une voix endormante לְבָרבֵּר בְּקוֹל מוֹנוֹטוֹנִי धीमी ऊबाउ आवाज में बोलना govoriti dosadnim glasom monoton hangon elmond mengoceh tala tilbreytingarlaust parlare in modo monotono, borbottare ものうげに言う 둔탁하고 단조로운 소리를 계속 내다 monotoniškai kalbėti, bambėti monotoni runāt mengoceh dreunensnakke monotont mówić monotonnym głosem په ناخوندوره توګه خبرى كول desfiar uma cantilena a bolborosi бубнить monotónne hovoriť monotono govoriti mumlati mumla, tala entonigt ทำเสียงพึมพำน่าเบื่อ monoton bir sesle konuşmak 用單調沈悶的聲音說話 монотонно говорити یکساں لہجے میں بولنا nói giọng đều đều 用单调沉闷的声音说话
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