Drone
Drone Drone (dr[=o]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Droned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Droning}.] [Cf. (for sense 1) D. dreunen, G. dr["o]hnen, Icel. drynja to roar, drynr a roaring, Sw. dr["o]na to bellow, drone, Dan. dr["o]ne, Goth. drunjus sound, Gr. ? dirge, ? to cry aloud, Skr. dhran to sound. Cf. {Drone}, n.] 1. To utter or make a low, dull, monotonous, humming or murmuring sound. [1913 Webster]

Where the beetle wheels his droning flight. --T. Gray. [1913 Webster]

2. To love in idleness; to do nothing. ``Race of droning kings.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


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