- an unmanned aircraft or ship that can navigate autonomously, without human control or beyond line of sight: the GPS of a U.S. spy drone.
- (loosely) any unmanned aircraft or ship that is guided remotely: a radio-controlled drone.
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Origin of drone1
OTHER WORDS FROM dronedronish, adjective
Definition for drone (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), droned, dron·ing.
verb (used with object), droned, dron·ing.
- a continuous low tone produced by the bass pipes or bass strings of musical instruments.
- the pipes (especially of the bagpipe) or strings producing this tone.
- a bagpipe equipped with such pipes.
Origin of drone2
OTHER WORDS FROM dronedroner, noundron·ing·ly, adverb
Example sentences from the Web for drone
Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The influential al Qaeda propagandist, who was born in New Mexico, died in a U.S. drone strike later that year.
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.
Drone: the largest tube of a bag-pipe, giving forth a dull heavy tone.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
I drew back from the rim of Writing-On-the-Stone, that set of whispered phrases echoing in my ears.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
The melody or tune is played on one of the pipes furnished with holes for the purpose, while the other three give a drone, bass.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
Kingston-on-Thames is still provincial in appearance, though now the centre of a great growth of modern suburbs.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
Besides the districts mentioned, tobacco is grown largely in that of Frankfort-on-the Oder.
British Dictionary definitions for drone (1 of 2)
Derived forms of dronedronish, adjective
Word Origin for drone
British Dictionary definitions for drone (2 of 2)
- a sustained bass note or chord of unvarying pitch accompanying a melody
- (as modifier)a drone bass
Derived forms of dronedroning, adjectivedroningly, adverb
Word Origin for drone
Scientific definitions for drone
Cultural definitions for drone
In military usage, a pilotless aircraft used for reconnaissance and, more recently, for launching aerial attacks.