drone

To drone is to make a low, continuous noise that sounds like humming or buzzing. On summer nights, you might hear cicadas drone, and on snowy winter mornings, hear your neighbor's snow blower drone.

Like animals and machines, people drone too, their voices sounding dull and tedious: "When my history teacher drones on, it's hard to stay awake." Drone is also a noun, meaning the monotonous sound itself, like the drone of a boring lecture; or a male worker bee; or a person who's as unambitious as a worker bee. Finally, there are the drones that fly by remote control, doing surveillance, gathering weather information, and occasionally firing missiles for the military.

Primary Meanings of drone

1.
vn
make a monotonous low dull sound
an unchanging intonation
2.
n
stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen
3.
n
an aircraft without a pilot and operated by remote control
4.
n
someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
Full Definitions of drone
1

v make a monotonous low dull sound

“The harmonium was droning on”
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v talk in a monotonous voice

Synonyms:
drone on
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

n an unchanging intonation

Synonyms:
droning, monotone
Type of:
intonation, modulation, pitch contour
rise and fall of the voice pitch

n a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone

Synonyms:
bourdon, drone pipe
Type of:
pipe
a tubular wind instrument
2

n stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen

Type of:
bee
any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
3

n an aircraft without a pilot and operated by remote control

Synonyms:
pilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraft
Type of:
heavier-than-air craft
a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it
4

n someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

Synonyms:
dawdler, laggard, lagger, poke, trailer
Types:
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lingerer, loiterer
someone who lingers aimlessly in or about a place
plodder, slowcoach, slowpoke, stick-in-the-mud
someone who moves slowly
potterer, putterer
a person who putters about
straggler, strayer
someone who strays or falls behind
Type of:
bum, do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer
person who does no work

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