- 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
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.
A droning of flies was the only sound that disturbed the stillness.Motor Matt's Clue|Stanley R. Matthews
Over there a formation of A flight, Umpty Squadron, will perhaps be droning back from a hundred-mile reconnaissance.Cavalry of the Clouds|Alan Bott
The locomotive whistle was droning again, and a dodging procession of red-eyed switch-lights flicked past the windows.The Grafters|Francis Lynde
There was little sound of life; somewhere an unknown bird was singing, and a few late bees were droning in the bracken.The Return|Walter de la Mare
His lips parted, and droning, mechanical, lifeless words came from between them.The Return of Peter Grimm|David Belasco
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.