Meaning of drone

drone

Pronunciation: (drōn), [key]
— n.
  1. the male of the honeybee and other bees, stingless and making no honey. See illus. under
  2. a remote control mechanism, as a radio-controlled airplane or boat.
  3. a person who lives on the labor of others; parasitic loafer.
  4. a drudge.

drone

Pronunciation: (drōn), [key]
— v., n. droned, dron•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to make a dull, continued, low, monotonous sound; hum; buzz.
  2. to speak in a monotonous tone.
  3. to proceed in a dull, monotonous manner (usually fol. by on): The meeting droned on for hours.
—v.t.
  1. to say in a dull, monotonous tone.
—n.
    1. a continuous low tone produced by the bass pipes or bass strings of musical instruments.
    2. the pipes (esp. of the bagpipe) or strings producing this tone.
    3. a bagpipe equipped with such pipes.
  1. a monotonous low tone; humming or buzzing sound.
  2. a person who speaks in a monotonous tone.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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