[ bom-buh-neyt ]
/ ˈbɒm bəˌneɪt /
verb (used without object), bom·bi·nat·ed, bom·bi·nat·ing.
to make a humming or buzzing noise.
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Origin of bombinate
1875–80; <New Latin bombinātus, past participle of bombināre, apparently coined by Rabelais on basis of Latin bombilāre to hum, buzz <Greek bombyliázein, derivative of bómbos;see bomb
OTHER WORDS FROM bombinatebom·bi·na·tion, noun
Words nearby bombinate
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British Dictionary definitions for bombinate
/ (ˈbɒmbɪˌneɪt) /
(intr) literary to make a buzzing noiseAlso (rare): bombilate
Derived forms of bombinatebombination, noun
Word Origin for bombinate
C19: from Latin bombināre, variant of bombilāre to buzz
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