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Meaning of DRONE

Pronunciation:  drown

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen
  2. [n]  a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone
  3. [n]  an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control
  4. [n]  an unchanging intonation
  5. [n]  someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
  6. [v]  talk in a monotonous voice
  7. [v]  make a monotonous low dull sound

DRONE is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: bourdon, dawdler, drone on, drone pipe, droning, laggard, lagger, monotone, pilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraft, trailer
 See Also: bagpipe, bee, bum, do-nothing, go, heavier-than-air craft, idler, intonation, layabout, lingerer, loafer, loiterer, modulation, mouth, pipe, pipes, pitch contour, plodder, potterer, putterer, slowcoach, slowpoke, sound, speak, stick-in-the-mud, straggler, strayer, tabor pipe, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Drone\, n. [OE. drane a dronebee, AS. dr[=a]n; akin to
    OS. dr[=a]n, OHG. treno, G. drohne, Dan. drone, cf. Gr. ? a
    kind of wasp, dial. Gr. ? drone. Prob. named fr. the droning
    sound. See {Drone}, v. i.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) The male of bees, esp. of the honeybee. It
       gathers no honey. See {Honeybee}.
             All with united force combine to drive The lazy
             drones from the laborious hive.       --Dryden.
    2. One who lives on the labors of others; a lazy, idle
       fellow; a sluggard.
             By living as a drone,to be an unprofitable and
             unworthy member of so noble and learned a society.
                                                   -- Burton.
    3. That which gives out a grave or monotonous tone or dull
       sound; as:
       (a) A drum. [Obs.] Halliwell.
       (b) The part of the bagpipe containing the two lowest
           tubes, which always sound the key note and the fifth.
    4. A humming or deep murmuring sound.
             The monotonous drone of the wheel.    --Longfellow.
    5. (Mus.) A monotonous bass, as in a pastoral composition.
  2. \Drone\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Droned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Droning}.] [Cf. (for sense 1) D. dreunen, G. dr["o]hnen,
    Icel. drynja to roar, drynr a roaring, Sw. dr["o]na to
    bellow, drone, Dan. dr["o]ne, Goth. drunjus sound, Gr. ?
    dirge, ? to cry aloud, Skr. dhran to sound. Cf. {Drone}, n.]
    1. To utter or make a low, dull, monotonous, humming or
       murmuring sound.
             Where the beetle wheels his droning flight. --T.
    2. To love in idleness; to do nothing. ``Race of droning
       kings.'' --Dryden.
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