drone

2
[ drohn ]
/ droʊn /

verb (used without object), droned, dron·ing.

to make a dull, continued, low, monotonous sound; hum; buzz.
to speak in a monotonous tone.
to proceed in a dull, monotonous manner (usually followed by on): The meeting droned on for hours.

verb (used with object), droned, dron·ing.

to say in a dull, monotonous tone.

noun

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Origin of drone

2
1490–1500; see drone1 and compare Middle English droun to roar, Icelandic drynja to bellow, Gothic drunjus noise

OTHER WORDS FROM drone

dron·er, noundron·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for droning (1 of 2)

drone1
/ (drəʊn) /

noun

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

Derived forms of drone

dronish, adjective

Word Origin for drone

Old English drān; related to Old High German treno drone, Gothic drunjus noise, Greek tenthrēnē wasp; see drone ²

British Dictionary definitions for droning (2 of 2)

drone2
/ (drəʊn) /

verb

(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

noun

a monotonous low dull sound
music
  1. a sustained bass note or chord of unvarying pitch accompanying a melody
  2. (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

Derived forms of drone

droning, adjectivedroningly, adverb

Word Origin for drone

C16: related to drone 1 and Middle Dutch drōnen, German dröhnen
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Scientific definitions for droning

drone
[ drōn ]

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 droning

drone

In military usage, a pilotless aircraft used for reconnaissance and, more recently, for launching aerial attacks.

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