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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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