Drone definition

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A male bee or ant which serves only in a reproductive capacity and does no work.
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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.

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To utter in a dull, monotonous tone.
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To make a continuous and monotonous humming or buzzing sound.
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A continuous and monotonous humming or buzzing sound.
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Drone is a remote controlled airplane without a pilot on board.

An example of a drone is a plane sent into enemy territory.

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To drone is defined as to make a low sound without stopping.

An example of to drone is to hum.

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Strikes from drones take many innocent lives.

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An idle person who lives by the work of others; parasite; loafer.
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A person whose work is routine, monotonous, etc.; drudge.
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To talk on and on in a dull, monotonous way.
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Any of the pipes of a bagpipe that lack finger holes and produce a single tone.
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A long sustained tone.
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Any of various instruments that produce only a constant pitch.
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A bagpipe.
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Any of the pipes of fixed tone in a bagpipe.
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A bass voice or part, sustaining a single low tone.
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Such a tone.
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A male bee or wasp, which does not work but can fertilise the queen .
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(now rare) Someone who doesn't work; a lazy person, an idler.
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Predator drone.
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Reaper drone.
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To produce a low-pitched hum or buzz.
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To speak in a monotone way.
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A low-pitched hum or buzz.
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One who performs menial or tedious work; a drudge.
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One of the fixed-pitch pipes on a bagpipe.
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A genre of music similar to that of noise.
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A humming or deep murmuring sound.
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An idle person who lives off others; a loafer.
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A person who does tedious or menial work; a drudge.
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To pass or act in a monotonous way.
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A pilotless airplane that is directed in flight by remote control.
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To live in idleness; loaf.
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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.

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Drone means a low tone that doesn’t stop.

An example of a drone is the sound of a bagpipe.

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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.

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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.
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A pilotless aircraft operated by remote control.
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To make a continuous low dull humming sound.
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To speak in a monotonous tone.

The lecturer droned on for hours.

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To utter in a monotonous low tone.
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A continuous low humming or buzzing sound.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
drone
Plural:
drones

Origin of drone

  • From drone (from the bee's humming sound)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English drān

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary