- 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
We are helping young startups that are working on a solar autonomous drone.Leveraging collective intelligence and AI to benefit society|Jason Sparapani|November 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Now the high school freshman doesn’t just fly his drones, he builds them.Drone-racing passion propels teen to the sport’s top ranks|Fred Bowen|November 4, 2020|Washington Post
Jesse Marx reports that the Federal Aviation Administration had concerns about the safety of the flight and was preparing for the possibility that the drone, while in the air, lost connection or malfunctioned, which is not uncommon for drones.Morning Report: Drone Test Flight Over San Diego Is Off|Voice of San Diego|October 26, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Hundreds of pages of emails also show that regulators had safety concerns about the drone and expressed frustration over the timeline they’d been given.Drone Test Flight Moved Out of San Diego Following Safety Concerns|Jesse Marx|October 26, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The Navy had its own carrier-based drone effort, which after successes in early testing morphed into a robotic refueling tanker program.SITREP: With “Skyborg,” Air Force hopes to give pilots a “loyal wingman”|Sean Gallagher|October 6, 2020|Ars Technica
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.