drone

Part of speech: verb

To hum.

Part of speech: noun

A dull, monotonous humming.

Part of speech: noun

One of the three long tubes of the bag pipe, each of which produces a fixed note operating as a sustained bass, or its sound; a bass of one note running through a piece.

Part of speech: verb

To idle.

Part of speech: noun

A male bee, that gathers no honey; an idler.

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Usage examples "drone":

  1. Though nearly everybody was talking, no one talked loudly, so that the resulting monotone of conversation was a gentle drone, out of which shot up at intervals the crash of crockery or a hoarse command. - "The Lion's Share", E. Arnold Bennett.
  2. As Webb traversed the open space, where, on Sundays, horses were hitched to the trees and saplings, a drone as of countless bees fell on his ears. - "The Desired Woman", Will N. Harben.
  3. More than once, in the firm persuasion of finding royal nymphs, we have opened the cells after they were sealed, yet the nymph of a drone always appeared. - "New observations on the natural history of bees", Francis Huber.