What does drone mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word drone.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drone(noun)

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

  2. monotone, drone, droning(noun)

    an unchanging intonation

  3. dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, trailer, poke(noun)

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

  4. drone, pilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraft(noun)

    an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control

  5. drone, drone pipe, bourdon(verb)

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

  6. drone(verb)

    make a monotonous low dull sound

    "The harmonium was droning on"

  7. drone, drone on(verb)

    talk in a monotonous voice


  1. drone(Noun)

    A male bee or wasp, which does not work but can fertilise the queen.

  2. drone(Noun)

    Someone who doesn't work; a lazy person, an idler.

  3. drone(Noun)

    A remotely controlled aircraft.

  4. drone(Noun)

    A low-pitched hum or buzz.

  5. drone(Noun)

    One who performs menial or tedious work; a drudge.

  6. drone(Noun)

    One of the fixed-pitch pipes on a bagpipe.

  7. drone(Noun)

    A genre of music similar to that of noise.

  8. drone(Verb)

    To produce a low-pitched hum or buzz.

  9. drone(Verb)

    To speak in a monotone way.

  10. Origin: From drone, from dran, from drēnaz, from dhrēn-. Cognate with German Drohne, dialectal German Dräne and Swedish drönare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drone(verb)

    the male of bees, esp. of the honeybee. It gathers no honey. See Honeybee

  2. Drone(verb)

    one who lives on the labors of others; a lazy, idle fellow; a sluggard

  3. Drone(verb)

    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. Drone(verb)

    a humming or deep murmuring sound

  5. Drone(verb)

    a monotonous bass, as in a pastoral composition

  6. Drone(noun)

    to utter or make a low, dull, monotonous, humming or murmuring sound

  7. Drone(noun)

    to love in idleness; to do nothing

  8. Origin: [OE. drane a dronebee, AS. drn; akin to OS. drn, 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. Drone

    In music, a drone is a harmonic or monophonic effect or accompaniment where a note or chord is continuously sounded throughout most or all of a piece. The word drone is also used to refer to any part of a musical instrument that is just used to produce such an effect.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drone

    drōn, n. the male of the honey-bee: one who lives on the labour of others, like the drone-bee: a lazy, idle fellow.—adj. Dron′ish, like a drone: lazy, idle.—adv. Dron′ishly.—n. Dron′ishness.—adv. Dron′y. [A.S. drán, the bee; Dan. drone.]

  2. Drone

    drōn, v.i. to make a low humming sound.—n. the bass-pipe of a bagpipe.—n. Drone′-pipe, a pipe producing a droning sound. [M. E. drounen, to roar; not found in A.S. Cf. Dut. dreunen, Ger. dröhnen.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. drone

    Ignorant sales or customer service personnel in computer or electronics superstores. Characterized by a lack of even superficial knowledge about the products they sell, yet possessed of the conviction that they are more competent than their hacker customers. Usage: “That video board probably sucks, it was recommended by a drone at Fry's” In the year 2000, their natural habitats include Fry's Electronics, Best Buy, and CompUSA.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. drone

    A land, sea, or air vehicle that is remotely or automatically controlled. See also remotely piloted vehicle.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drone in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tom Fuentes:

    What if the drone gets beyond the distance of the radio control? We had that drone land on the front lawn of the White House.

  2. John Kasich:

    I don't believe the drone program ought to be run out of the The CIA, the CIA is The CIA. The CIA, the drone program, should be operated exclusively out of the Pentagon.

  3. Priscilla Moreland:

    Doesn’t the Air Force think that with the proper training I or my peers couldn’t excel as drone pilots? right now, the minimum height-limit starts at 5’4?. My daughter is 5’2?. What difference does it make what height you are when you are flying a drone? You are not actually sitting in an airplane.

  4. Jameel Jaffer:

    The release of the Presidential Policy Guidance is long overdue, and we are gratified that the administration has agreed with us that much of it should finally be made public, we hope that the administration's decision to release this critical document reflects a broader commitment to make the lethal drone program more transparent. In that spirit, the administration should also release the legal memos that are the foundation for the program, basic information about those killed in past drone strikes, and detailed investigative files relating to strikes that killed bystanders.

  5. Arnau Garcia:

    Right now natural parks have two big problems, the first one of them is to detect rhinos and non-authorized people in the area. That has been done with helicopters and planes up until now, but that is very expensive. In addition, you cannot see people who hide under trees from a plane. We solve this with thermal cameras. We use a drone that carries that kind of camera and looks over that area or those places suspected of having this kind of problem and it detects hot points. Like we see here. This shows people. Every pixel has a different color depending on how hot it is. This is placed on the drone, that takes a picture and reports directly to the ranger.

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Translations for drone

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • труценьBelarusian
  • бръмчене, търтей, бръмча, ручилоBulgarian
  • bezpilotní letoun, trubecCzech
  • gwenynen segurWelsh
  • Drohne, dröhnen, BasspfeifeGerman
  • κηφήναςGreek
  • no tripulado, murmullo, teledirigido, timado, zángano, zumbido, dronSpanish
  • پهپادPersian
  • surina, bordunapilli, hyristä, surista, työläinen, kuhnuri, hymistä, lennokki, hurista, huminaFinnish
  • drone, dupe, abeillaud, bourdonnement, faux-bourdon, idiot utileFrench
  • abáboro, abellón, abázcaroGalician
  • hereHungarian
  • susurro, ape mascule, susurrar, [[parlar]] [[monotonemente]]Interlingua
  • gonzo, fuco, [[parlare]] [[monotonamente]], ronzio, brusio, zimbelloItalian
  • 無人飛行機, 雄蜂, ブンブン, 無人航空機Japanese
  • 숫벌Korean
  • nêrehingKurdish
  • trãnasLithuanian
  • transLatvian
  • rōriaMāori
  • брмчи, брчало, трут, брчи, брчење, брмчењеMacedonian
  • ആൺതേനീച്ചMalayalam
  • dar, brommen, drone, gebrom, bourdon, dreunenDutch
  • samolot bezzałogowy, brzęczeć, mówić monotonnie, brzęczenie, piszczałka burdonowa, truteń, buczeć, buczeniePolish
  • zumbir, zângão, [[falar]] [[monotonamente]], veículo aéreo não tripulado, zumbido, dronePortuguese
  • trântorRomanian
  • беспилотный летательный аппарат, БПЛА, трутень, жужжание, дронRussian
  • trut, трутSerbo-Croatian
  • trubecSlovak
  • trotSlovene
  • buçallëAlbanian
  • drönare, bordunSwedish
  • insansız uçakTurkish
  • трутень, безпілотникUkrainian

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