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DRONE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does drone mean? 

DRONE (noun)
  The noun DRONE has 5 senses:

1. stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen
2. an unchanging intonation
3. someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
4. an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control
5. a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone

  Familiarity information: DRONE used as a noun is common.


DRONE (verb)
  The verb DRONE has 2 senses:

1. make a monotonous low dull sound
2. talk in a monotonous voice

  Familiarity information: DRONE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DRONE (noun)


Sense 1drone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("drone" is a kind of...):

bee (any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species)


Sense 2drone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unchanging intonation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

monotone; droning; drone

Hypernyms ("drone" is a kind of...):

intonation; modulation; pitch contour (rise and fall of the voice pitch)


Sense 3drone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

dawdler; trailer; laggard; lagger; poke; drone

Hypernyms ("drone" is a kind of...):

bum; do-nothing; idler; layabout; loafer (person who does no work)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "drone"):

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)


Sense 4drone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

pilotless aircraft; radio-controlled aircraft; drone

Hypernyms ("drone" is a kind of...):

heavier-than-air craft (a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it)


Sense 5drone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bourdon; drone pipe; drone

Hypernyms ("drone" is a kind of...):

pipe; tabor pipe (a small fipple flute that is played with the left hand while the right hand is free to beat a tabor)

Holonyms ("drone" is a part of...):

bagpipe; pipe (a wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the instrument)


DRONE (verb)


Sense 1drone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a monotonous low dull sound

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

The harmonium was droning on

Hypernyms (to "drone" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2drone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Talk in a monotonous voice

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

drone on; drone

Hypernyms (to "drone" is one way to...):

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue drone


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