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Dictionary Definition

drone

Noun

1 stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen
2 an unchanging intonation [syn: monotone, droning]
3 someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind [syn: dawdler, laggard, lagger, trailer]
4 an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control [syn: pilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraft]
5 a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone [syn: drone pipe, bourdon]

Verb

1 make a monotonous low dull sound; "The harmonium was droning on"
2 talk in a monotonous voice [syn: drone on]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Old English drān ‘male bee’, from Germanic *dran-. Cognate with dialectal German Dräne.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A male bee or wasp, which does not work but can fertilise the queen.
  2. An unmanned aircraft.
  3. A low-pitched hum or buzz.
  4. One of the fixed-pitch pipes on a bagpipe.

Translations

male bee
unmanned aircraft
hum or buzz
pipe

Verb

  1. To produce a low-pitched hum or buzz.
  2. To speak in a monotone way.

Translations

produce a low-pitched hum or buzz
speak in a monotone way

Extensive Definition

Drone may refer to:

Nature

Literature

Film, television and video games

Music

drone in Danish: Drone
drone in German: Drohne
drone in Simple English: Drone

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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