- 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
You didn’t flee the drone of weed whackers and leaf blowers just to hear the drone of generators powering your neighbor’s TV so he can watch a marathon of The Office.Backing up a trailer is really hard, but this $100,000 SUV offers a new solution|Dan Carney|November 19, 2020|Popular Science
The solar autonomous drone made its first flight, and we expect several flights next year.Leveraging collective intelligence and AI to benefit society|Jason Sparapani|November 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Armed with a business model that involved using sensors and drones to monitor every stage of the production process, he and two friends entered a pitch competition.
In July, it launched a rover called Perseverance to Mars that’s equipped with a small helicopter drone.During a year of tumult, space has been a rare bright spot. SpaceX and NASA hope to keep it that way.|Christian Davenport|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
The pandemic has accelerated a variety of experiments and commercials trial to use drones for deliveries, crop monitoring, firefighting, and a thousand more jobs beyond wowing us by spelling out presidents’ names with LED lights.Expect to see a lot more drones in the sky in the coming years|Aaron Pressman|November 11, 2020|Fortune
When I got back at the 17-minute mark, Bibi was still droning on about Iran.
But it was far more than a mere droning on about techniques and hidden luxuries.Raf Simons Debuts at Christian Dior With Couture Collection|Robin Givhan|July 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He stopped his droning speeches and adopted a feisty, homey style answering questions on the tours.
Sort of a double life, like this Bob character you were droning on about earlier.
Ever asked an academic about their research only to be subjected to 20 minutes of nonsensical droning?
While they exchanged casual greetings, Braceway lit a cigarette and spun the match, with a droning sound, far out from the porch.The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
Who were these people who strolled among the droning bees of the sandhills or pushed out from the shore in boats?Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
Ever since we had been at the Hotel Bellevue, we were unconsciously aware of curious droning sounds.Gardens of the Caribbees, v. 1/2|Ida May Hill Starr
Silence, except for the droning of the insects and the distant rushing of the river.The Secret Witness|George Gibbs
There had been none of them about before, surely, and now their maddening, everlasting droning filled the ear.The Escape of Mr. Trimm|Irvin S. Cobb
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.