from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make a buzzing or humming, like a bee, or a top when spinning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb rare To hum; to buzz.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb rare To hum or buzz.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make a buzzing sound


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  • JM can't hear the humming above the buzzing so shouts "Bombilate Away!" to clear the air.

    October 17, 2009

  • Related to bumblebee -- possibly etymologically through Greek bombulos, but possibly only onomatopoetically.

    October 19, 2009

  • "The entire building was bombilating like a cicada."

    Matt Cantor; Some Cures for Noisy Neighbors; The Berkeley Daily Planet (California); Oct 9, 2008.

    Actually, cicadas stridulate.

    May 12, 2013