verb (used without object), bom·bi·nat·ed, bom·bi·nat·ing.
- to make a humming or buzzing noise.
Origin of bombinate
1875–80;Related formsbom·bi·na·tion, noun
< New Latin bombinātus,
past participle of bombināre,
apparently coined by Rabelais on basis of Latin bombilāre
to hum, buzz < Greek bombyliázein,
derivative of bómbos;
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Derived Formsbombination, noun
- (intr) literary to make a buzzing noiseAlso (rare): bombilate
Word Origin for bombinate
C19: from Latin bombināre, variant of bombilāre to buzz
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Word Origin and History for bombination
"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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