- The definition of a drone is someone who follows a schedule and doesn’t change it.
An example of a drone is a low-level businessman who is into work by 6am and doesn’t leave until 6pm.
- A drone is defined as a bee or any that only helps the queen to mate.
An example of a drone is a bee that is always around the queen but doesn’t collect pollen.
- Drone is a remote controlled airplane without a pilot on board.
An example of a drone is a plane sent into enemy territory.
- Drone means a low tone that doesn’t stop.
An example of a drone is the sound of a bagpipe.
- To drone is defined as to make a low sound without stopping.
An example of to drone is to hum.
- To drone means to talk without changing the tone of your voice.
An example of to drone is a boring professor reading notes without any emphasis.
- a male bee or ant which serves only in a reproductive capacity and does no work
- an idle person who lives by the work of others; parasite; loafer
- a person whose work is routine, monotonous, etc.; drudge
- a pilotless airplane that is directed in flight by remote control
Origin of droneMiddle English from Old English dran, akin to Old Saxon dran, Middle Low German drone from Indo-European an unverified form dhren- from base an unverified form dher-, to buzz, hum from source Old English dora (see dorbeetle)
intransitive verbdroned, dron′ing
intransitive verbdroned, dron′ing
- to make a continuous and monotonous humming or buzzing sound
- to talk on and on in a dull, monotonous way
Origin of droneLate Middle English dronen from drone
- a continuous and monotonous humming or buzzing sound
- a bagpipe
- any of the pipes of fixed tone in a bagpipe
- a bass voice or part, sustaining a single low tone
- such a tone
- 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.
- An idle person who lives off others; a loafer.
- A person who does tedious or menial work; a drudge: “undervalued drones who labored in obscurity” ( Caroline Bates )
- A remotely controlled or autonomous aircraft with no pilot on board. Also called unmanned aircraft system .
Origin of droneMiddle 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.
verbdroned, dron·ing, drones
- To make a continuous low dull humming sound: “Somewhere an electric fan droned without end” ( William Styron )
- To speak in a monotonous tone: The lecturer droned on for hours.
- To pass or act in a monotonous way.
- A continuous low humming or buzzing sound.
- 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.
Origin of droneFrom drone 1 ( from the bee's humming sound )
- Predator drone
- Reaper drone
From Middle English drone, from Old English drān, drǣn (“male bee, drone”), from Proto-Germanic *drēniz, *drēnuz, *drenô (“an insect, drone”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrēn- (“bee, drone, hornet”). Cognate with Dutch drone (“male bee or wasp”), Low German drone (“drone”), German Drohne, dialectal German Dräne, Trehne, Trene (“drone”), Danish drone (“drone”), Swedish drönje, drönare (“drone”).
(third-person singular simple present drones, present participle droning, simple past and past participle droned)
From Middle English drounen (“to roar, bellow”), ultimately perhaps from Proto-Germanic *drunjaną (“to drone, roar, make a sound”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“to roar, hum, drone”). Cognate with Scots drune (“to drone, moan, complain”), Dutch dreunen (“to drone, boom, thud”), Low German drönen (“to drone, buzz, hum”), German dröhnen (“to roar, boom, rumble”), Danish drøne (“to roar, boom, peel out”), Swedish dröna (“to low, bellow, roar”), Icelandic drynja (“to roar”).