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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English drone, from Old English drān, drǣn (male bee, drone), from Proto-Germanic *drēniz, *drēnuz, *drenô (an insect, drone), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrēn- (bee, drone, hornet). Cognate with Dutch drone (male bee or wasp), Low German drone (drone), German Drohne, dialectal German Dräne, Trehne, Trene (drone), Danish drone (drone), Swedish drönje, drönare (drone).

In sense “unmanned aircraft”, due to early military UAVs dumbly flying on preset paths.[1] The verb sense derives from this sense.

NounEdit

drone (plural drones)

 
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  1. A male ant, bee or wasp, which does not work but can fertilize the queen bee.
    • Dryden
      All with united force combine to drive / The lazy drones from the laborious hive.
  2. (now rare) Someone who does not work; a lazy person, an idler.
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene v[1]:
      SHYLOCK:
      The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder,
      Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day
      More than the wild-cat; drones hive not with me;
      Therefore I part with him; and part with him
      To one what I would have him help to waste
      His borrowed purse. []
    • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 117:
      he that gathereth not every day as much as I doe, the next day shall be set beyond the river, and be banished from the Fort as a drone, till he amend his conditions or starve.
    • Burton
      By living as a drone, to be an unprofitable and unworthy member of so noble and learned a society.
  3. One who performs menial or tedious work; a drudge.
  4. A remotely controlled aircraft, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
    • 2012 December 1, “An internet of airborne things”, in The Economist[2], volume 405, number 8813, page 3 (Technology Quarterly):
      A farmer could place an order for a new tractor part by text message and pay for it by mobile money-transfer. A supplier many miles away would then take the part to the local matternet station for airborne dispatch via drone.
    • 2013 June 7, Ed Pilkington, “‘Killer robots’ should be banned in advance, UN told”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 6:
      In his submission to the UN, [Christof] Heyns points to the experience of drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles were intended initially only for surveillance, and their use for offensive purposes was prohibited, yet once strategists realised their perceived advantages as a means of carrying out targeted killings, all objections were swept out of the way.
    Several images of the compound were obtained via a drone overflight.
    One team member launched a camera drone over the Third Pole.
Usage notesEdit
  • In sense “unmanned aircraft”, primarily used informally of military aircraft or consumer radio controlled quadcopters, without precise definition.[1]
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VerbEdit

drone (third-person singular simple present drones, present participle droning, simple past and past participle droned)

  1. To kill with a missile fired by unmanned aircraft.
    • 2014, Colin Campbell, “Bill Ayers To Obama: 'Stop Droning People'”, in Business Insider[3]:
      "I have a lot of advice for him," Ayers said in the interview, aired Tuesday night. "I want him to stop droning people. I want him to close Guantanamo. I want universal healthcare. Don't you think we deserve universal healthcare? Seriously."
    • 2016, David Moye, “Trevor Noah: If Trump Is Elected, He’ll Wage ‘Warsuits’”, in Huffington Post[4]:
      “He won’t be waging wars all the world ― he’ll be waging ‘warsuits,’” Noah said. “Droning people with subpoenas all over the globe.”
    • 2018, David Weigel, “The new ‘Dr. No’: Rep. Justin Amash, marooned in Congress”, in Washington Post[5]:
      “Are we still droning people? Yeah,” he said. “Are we still running covert operations that weren’t authorized by Congress? Yeah. Is the government still spying on Americans without warrants? Without due process. Yeah. When some libertarians talk about the great accomplishments we’re seeing on foreign policy, I don’t know what they’re talking about. Reaching out to these guys is one thing, but you have to move down the court. [Trump] actually made it harder for us to have a good relationship with Russia.”

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English drounen (to roar, bellow), ultimately perhaps from Proto-Germanic *drunjaną (to drone, roar, make a sound), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (to roar, hum, drone). Cognate with Scots drune (to drone, moan, complain), Dutch dreunen (to drone, boom, thud), Low German drönen (to drone, buzz, hum), German dröhnen (to roar, boom, rumble), Danish drøne (to roar, boom, peel out), Swedish dröna (to low, bellow, roar), Icelandic drynja (to roar).

VerbEdit

drone (third-person singular simple present drones, present participle droning, simple past and past participle droned)

  1. To produce a low-pitched hum or buzz.
  2. To speak in a monotone way.

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NounEdit

drone (plural drones)

  1. A low-pitched hum or buzz.
  2. (music) One of the fixed-pitch pipes on a bagpipe.
  3. (music, uncountable) A genre of music that uses repeated lengthy droning sounds.
  4. A humming or deep murmuring sound.
    • Longfellow
      The monotonous drone of the wheel.
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DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch drone (bee drone). Doublette with drone (unmanned aircraft) (see below).

NounEdit

drone m (plural dronen, diminutive droontje n)

  1. (archaic) a male bee or wasp; a drone (Can we verify(+) this sense?)
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Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from English drone (aircraft drone). Doublette with drone (male bee), which descended from Middle Dutch.

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NounEdit

drone m (plural drones, diminutive droontje n)

  1. a remotely controlled aircraft; a drone
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FinnishEdit

EtymologyEdit

< English drone

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdrone/, [ˈdro̞ne̞]
  • Rhymes: -one
  • Hyphenation: dro‧ne

NounEdit

drone

  1. (Anglicism) drone (type of unmanned aircraft)

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of drone (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative drone dronet
genitive dronen dronejen
partitive dronea droneja
illative droneen droneihin
singular plural
nominative drone dronet
accusative nom. drone dronet
gen. dronen
genitive dronen dronejen
droneinrare
partitive dronea droneja
inessive dronessa droneissa
elative dronesta droneista
illative droneen droneihin
adessive dronella droneilla
ablative dronelta droneilta
allative dronelle droneille
essive dronena droneina
translative droneksi droneiksi
instructive dronein
abessive dronetta droneitta
comitative droneineen

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NounEdit

drone m (plural drones)

  1. drone (unmanned aircraft)

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English drone

NounEdit

drone m (invariable)

  1. drone (unmanned aircraft)

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German drone (sense 1), and English drone (sense 2).

NounEdit

drone m (definite singular dronen, indefinite plural droner, definite plural dronene)

  1. a drone (male bee)
  2. a drone (radio-controlled pilotless aircraft)

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German drone (sense 1), and English drone (sense 2).

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NounEdit

drone m (definite singular dronen, indefinite plural dronar, definite plural dronane)

  1. drone (male bee)
  2. drone (unmanned aircraft)

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English drone

NounEdit

drone m (plural drones)

  1. drone (unmanned aircraft)

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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English drone

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɾon/, [ˈd̪ɾõn]

NounEdit

drone m (plural drones)

  1. drone