intransitive verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: New Latin bombinatus, past participle of bombinare, alteration of Latin bombilare, from bombus Date: 1880 buzz, dronebombination noun

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  • Bombinate — Bom bi*nate, v. i. To hum; to boom. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bombinate — (v.) make a buzzing noise, 1865, from L. bombinare, corrupted from bombitare to hum, buzz, from bombus a deep, hollow sound; hum, buzz, echoic. Related: Bombinated; bombinating …   Etymology dictionary

  • bombinate — [bäm′bə nāt΄] vi. bombinated, bombinating [< ModL bombinatus, pp. of bombinare, altered < L bombitare, to buzz < bombus, a buzzing: see BOMB] to make a buzzing sound bombination n …   English World dictionary

  • bombinate — bombination, n. /bom beuh nayt /, v.i., bombinated, bombinating. to make a humming or buzzing noise. [1875 80; < NL bombinatus, ptp. of bombinare, appar. coined by Rabelais on basis of L bombilare to hum, buzz < Gk bombyliázein, deriv. of bómbos; …   Universalium

  • bombinate — verb /ˈbɒmbɪneɪt/ to buzz or hum , 1973: So full a ship, so close packed a world, moving urgently along, surrounded by its own vacuum; each man bombinating in his own, no doubt. Patrick OBrian, HMS Surprise …   Wiktionary

  • bombinate — v. buzz, hum, drone …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bombinate — [ bɒmbɪneɪt] verb literary buzz; hum. Origin C19: from med. L. bombinat , bombinare buzz , from L. bombus (see bomb) …   English new terms dictionary

  • bombinate — bom·bi·nate …   English syllables

  • bombinate — bom•bi•nate [[t]ˈbɒm bəˌneɪt[/t]] v. i. nat•ed, nat•ing cvb to make a humming or buzzing noise • Etymology: 1875–80; < NL bombinātus …   From formal English to slang

  • bombinate —   v.i. buzz; boom.    ♦ bombilation,    ♦ bombination, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

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