What does drone mean?

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dronenoun

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

  2. monotone, drone, droningnoun

    an unchanging intonation

  3. dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, trailer, pokenoun

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

  4. drone, pilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraftnoun

    an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control

  5. drone, drone pipe, bourdonverb

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

  6. droneverb

    make a monotonous low dull sound

    "The harmonium was droning on"

  7. drone, drone onverb

    talk in a monotonous voice


  1. dronenoun

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

  2. dronenoun

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

  3. dronenoun

    A remotely controlled aircraft.

  4. dronenoun

    A low-pitched hum or buzz.

  5. dronenoun

    One who performs menial or tedious work; a drudge.

  6. dronenoun

    One of the fixed-pitch pipes on a bagpipe.

  7. dronenoun

    A genre of music similar to that of noise.

  8. droneverb

    To produce a low-pitched hum or buzz.

  9. droneverb

    To speak in a monotone way.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DRONEnoun

    Etymology: droen, Saxon.

    The sad-ey’d justice, with his surly hum,
    Delivering o’er to executors pale
    The lazy yawning drone. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Luxurious kings are to their people lost;
    They live, like drones, upon the publick cost. John Dryden, Auren.

    All, with united force, combine to drive
    The lazy drones from the laborious hive. John Dryden, Virgil.

    He sleeps by day
    More than the wild cat: drones hive not with me,
    Therefore I part with him. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    Sit idle on the houshold hearth
    A burd’nous drone, to visitants a gaze. John Milton, Agonistes.

    It is my misfortune to be married to a drone, who lives upon what I get, without bringing any thing into the common stock. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 211.

  2. To Droneverb

    To live in idleness; to dream.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    What have I lost by my forefathers fault?
    Why, was not I the twentieth by descent
    From a long restive race of droning kings? John Dryden, Span. Fry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Droneverb

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

  2. Droneverb

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

  3. Droneverb

    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. Droneverb

    a humming or deep murmuring sound

  5. Droneverb

    a monotonous bass, as in a pastoral composition

  6. Dronenoun

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

  7. Dronenoun

    to love in idleness; to do nothing

  8. Etymology: [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. Drone

    in Hymenoptera; the male bee.

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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. Stephen Innes:

    The Fed backstop and the report of the U.S. Navy shooting down an Iranian drone are providing a modicum of support for oil markets amidst a very bearish landscape.

  2. Dan Gettinger:

    The questions that remains to be seen is whether a drone attack will ever be considered strategically more effective than other forms of terrorism.

  3. Scott Schober:

    All these commercial drones are using standard open Wi-Fi for video telemetry and control and communication, we can pick up an approaching drone that might be a threat, the model number, its altitude and approach speed.

  4. 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.

  5. Dan Patt:

    We want to find ways to make smaller aircraft more effective, and one promising idea is enabling existing large aircraft, with minimal modification, to become 'aircraft carriers in the sky,' we envision innovative launch and recovery concepts for new [drone] designs that would couple with recent advances in small payload design and collaborative technologies.

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Translations for 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
  • ட்ரோன்Tamil
  • insansız uçakTurkish
  • трутень, безпілотникUkrainian
  • ڈرونUrdu

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