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English noun: drone

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


Broader (hypernym)bee

2. drone (communication) an unchanging intonation


Synonymsdroning, monotone


Broader (hypernym)intonation, modulation, pitch contour

3. drone (person) someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind


Synonymsdawdler, laggard, lagger, poke, trailer


Broader (hypernym)bum, do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer


Narrower (hyponym)lingerer, loiterer, plodder, potterer, putterer, slowcoach, slowpoke, stick-in-the-mud, straggler, strayer

4. drone (artifact) an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control


Synonymspilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraft


Broader (hypernym)heavier-than-air craft

5. drone (artifact) a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone


Synonymsbourdon, drone pipe


Broader (hypernym)pipe


Part meronymbagpipe


English verb: drone

1. drone (perception) make a monotonous low dull sound


SamplesThe harmonium was droning on.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)go, sound

2. drone (communication) talk in a monotonous voice


ExamplesSam and Sue drone


Synonymsdrone on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize









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