On the other hand, a successful special-operations strike or drone hit could rally the nation around the president.
This year al-Zawahiri focused his annual message on a discussion of the drone war and its impact.
Soon, Americans and Pakistanis were fighting over the drone program, a contentious issue they had previously worked together on.
Step 3: Somebody on Twitter mistakenly converts "aerial" surveillance into "drone surveillance."
We know that the skies are open season for all manner of drone traffic, from missile launchers to beer droppers.
All up the Valley the drums' rattle drowned the drone of the locusts in the stubble.
As they were, so they are; and I heard them sound as with the drone of Oriental music.
As a rule pollen is not stored in drone comb, although this occasionally happens.
The service had nothing of the old-time chant or drawl or drone.
The sweet breath of kine is wafted on the night, and the drone of many insects.
Old English dran, dræn "male honeybee," from Proto-Germanic *dran- (cf. Middle Dutch drane; Old High German treno; German Drohne, which is from Middle Low German drone), probably imitative; given a figurative sense of "idler, lazy worker" (male bees make no honey) 1520s. Meaning "pilotless aircraft" is from 1946.
Drones, as the radio-controlled craft are called, have many potentialities, civilian and military. Some day huge mother ships may guide fleets of long-distance, cargo-carrying airplanes across continents and oceans. Long-range drones armed with atomic bombs could be flown by accompanying mother ships to their targets and in for perfect hits. ["Popular Science," November, 1946]Meaning "deep, continuous humming sound" is early 16c., apparently imitative (cf. threnody). The verb in the sound sense is early 16c.; it often is the characteristic sound of airplane engines. Related: Droned; droning.
In military usage, a pilotless aircraft used for reconnaissance and, more recently, for launching aerial attacks.