[ bom-buh-neyt ]
/ ˈbɒm bəˌneɪt /
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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
First recorded in 1875–80; from New Latin bombinātus, past participle of bombināre, apparently coined by François Rabelais on the basis of Latin bombilāre “to hum, buzz,” from Greek bombyliázein, derivative of bómbos; see bomb
OTHER WORDS FROM bombinatebom·bi·na·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for bombinate
The fololwing of a conata, like the bombination of a chimæra, apparently puts some strain upon the attention of an audience.
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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