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verb (used without object), bom·bi·nat·ed, bom·bi·nat·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsbom·bi·na·tion, noun
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Historical Examples of bombination

  • The fololwing of a conata, like the bombination of a chimæra, apparently puts some strain upon the attention of an audience.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Feb. 26, 1919


British Dictionary definitions for bombination


  1. (intr) literary to make a buzzing noiseAlso (rare): bombilate
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Derived Formsbombination, noun

Word Origin for bombinate

C19: from Latin bombināre, variant of bombilāre to buzz
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Word Origin and History for bombination


1816; see bombinate + -ion.

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"make a buzzing noise," 1865, from Latin bombinare, corrupted from bombitare "to hum, buzz," from bombus "a deep, hollow sound; hum, buzz," echoic. Related: Bombinated; bombinating.

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