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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.

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  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

Examples of drone in a Sentence

  1. Barack Obama:

    The drone that landed in the White House you buy in Radio Shack.

  2. The Secret:

    This [White House drone] was harmless, but in the future it might not be.

  3. Jake Nicks:

    If somebody is shooting at the drone, we could be hit. It’s just not smart at all.

  4. The Chinese defense ministry:

    We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!

  5. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling:

    We believe that a drone was used to fly in the tools that allowed Jimmy Causey to escape.

Images & Illustrations of drone

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  • 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
  • मुफ़्तक़ोरHindi
  • 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
  • ڈرونUrdu

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