the male of the honeybee and other bees, stingless and making no honey.
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.
a person who lives on the labor of others; parasitic loafer.
- dronish, adjective
Other definitions for drone (2 of 2)
to proceed in a dull, monotonous manner (usually followed by on): The meeting droned on for hours.
to say in a dull, monotonous tone.
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.
a monotonous low tone; humming or buzzing sound.
a person who speaks in a monotonous tone.
- droner, noun
- dron·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use drone in a sentence
This solar autonomous drone is due to perform and operate missions, like forest fire detection.Leveraging collective intelligence and AI to benefit society | Jason Sparapani | November 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
A sky full of the high-pitched buzzing heard in drones currently on the market would no doubt set a whole city’s teeth on edge.Delivery drones could drive us batty—unless they take some sonic cues from owls | PopSci Staff | November 10, 2020 | Popular-Science
In competitions, the racers or pilots wear special goggles that allow them to see what the drone “sees” as it flies over, under and around obstacles on a racecourse.Drone-racing passion propels teen to the sport’s top ranks | Fred Bowen | November 4, 2020 | Washington Post
Those sperm cells came from male drone bees the queen had mated with when she was about two weeks old.Learning what stresses queen bees could save their hives | Sharon Oosthoek | October 30, 2020 | Science News For Students
That means having tools like “spider-bots” and drones nearby and ready for anyone to use.‘Watch Dogs: Legion’ review in progress: Virtual London is legit, but story’s a snooze so far | Gene Park | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
As speakers droned on from the podium doing the preliminary parliamentary business of the convention, a game show process began.
I got very angry listening to that as CNN inside the Embassy droned on and on about all the trapped all the dead all the hurting.
For three long hours I had to sit there and listen to the children as they droned over and over their lessons.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
The ecclesiastic's voice droned on, his voice hanging like the hum of some great Insect upon the scented air.Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
The bees droned, and the wheeling buzzard suddenly dropped like a plummet a hundred yards through the larkspur blue.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
Beetles droned, flying conspicuously upright, straight on end, through the warm air.The History of Sir Richard Calmady | Lucas Malet
The rockets were slowly cut; the borer jarred at the bottom of its hole; again the disintegrators droned out.Astounding Stories, April, 1931 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for drone (1 of 2)
a male bee in a colony of social bees, whose sole function is to mate with the queen
British a person who lives off the work of others
a pilotless radio-controlled aircraft
- dronish, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for drone (2 of 2)
(intr) to make a monotonous low dull sound; buzz or hum
(when intr, often foll by on) to utter (words) in a monotonous tone, esp to talk without stopping
a monotonous low dull sound
a sustained bass note or chord of unvarying pitch accompanying a melody
(as modifier): a drone bass
music one of the single-reed pipes in a set of bagpipes, used for accompanying the melody played on the chanter
a person who speaks in a low monotonous tone
- droning, adjective
- droningly, adverb
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Scientific definitions for drone
A male bee, especially a honeybee whose only function is to fertilize the queen. Drones have no stingers, do no work, and do not produce honey.
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Cultural definitions for drone
In military usage, a pilotless aircraft used for reconnaissance and, more recently, for launching aerial attacks.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.