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Definition of "drone" []

  • A male bee, especially a honeybee, that is characteristically stingless, performs no work, and produces no honey. Its only function is to mate with the queen bee. (noun)
  • An idle person who lives off others; a loafer. (noun)
  • A person who does tedious or menial work; a drudge: "undervalued drones who labored in obscurity” ( Caroline Bates). (noun)
  • A pilotless aircraft operated by remote control. (noun)
  • To make a continuous low dull humming sound: "Somewhere an electric fan droned without end” ( William Styron). (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "drone" in a sentence
  • "When people hear the word 'drone' they automatically think of the huge military-type aircraft equipped with weapons, said Lt. Chad Gann of the Arlington police department."
  • "The drone is merely the product at the end of the production and logistical system, NOT the production and logistical system ITSELF."
  • "A Predator drone is very early technology and costs somewhere between $5 – 10 Million."