from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To buzz; hum.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To buzz; make a buzzing sound; bombilate.

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

  • intransitive verb To hum; to boom.

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  • verb to buzz or hum

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  • verb make a buzzing sound


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin bombināre, bombināt-, variant of Latin bombilāre, from bombus, a rumbling, buzzing; see bomb.]

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From Medieval Latin bombināre, present active infinitive of bombinō ("buzz, hum"), variant of Latin bombilō, from Ancient Greek βομβυλιάζειν (bombuliázein), from βόμβος (bómbos, "booming, humming"), of imitatory origin.


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  • Let them bombinate impotently forever, for all I care.

    Archive 2008-07-01 2008

  • Like his co-workers he had been somewhat stampeded by Dorn's imitative faculties, faculties which enabled the former journalist to bombinate twice as loud in a void three times as great as any of his colleagues.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht 1929


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  • "He is often drunk. His head hurts. Snatches of conversation, remembered precepts, prefigured cries of terror bombinate about his skull."

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  • Bombinate gives me a buzz. However, to me, abombinate sounds repugnant.

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