- 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
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.
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)
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.