|1.||a male bee in a colony of social bees, whose sole function is to mate with the queen|
|2.||(Brit) a person who lives off the work of others|
|3.||a pilotless radio-controlled aircraft|
|[Old English drān; related to Old High German treno drone, Gothic drunjus noise, Greek tenthrēnē wasp; see |
|—vb (when intr, |
|1.||(intr) to make a monotonous low dull sound; buzz or hum|
|2.||to utter (words) in a monotonous tone, esp to talk without stopping|
|3.||a monotonous low dull sound|
|a. a sustained bass note or chord of unvarying pitch accompanying a melody|
|b. (as modifier): a drone bass|
|5.||music one of the single-reed pipes in a set of bagpipes, used for accompanying the melody played on the chanter|
|6.||a person who speaks in a low monotonous tone|
|[C16: related to |
|drone (drōn) Pronunciation Key
A male bee, especially a honeybee whose only function is to fertilize the queen. Drones have no stingers, do no work, and do not produce honey.
In military usage, a pilotless aircraft used for reconnaissance and, more recently, for launching aerial attacks.