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  • v. Present participle of drone.
  • n. a dull humming

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

  • n. an unchanging intonation


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Clinton almost delivered his own political obituary in droning on far longer than he should have, although by 1992 that was mostly forgotten.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • The droning was the steady sound of their engines.

    The Dreamthief's Daughter

  • No longer was it a droning, meaningless march of disconnected words.

    Literacy News – 69th Edition « News « Literacy News

  • But these were the things that sort of made people stop while they're kind of droning on.

    CNN Transcript Oct 12, 2008

  • And what we ` ve heard him say, in a long and kind of droning, probably very emotional tone -- I mean, let ` s consider what he ` s been through -- thanked all his attorneys, said they came on board with "short dough and long hours," were his exact words, and that he was broke and needed a job.

    CNN Transcript Mar 16, 2005

  • Dr. Johnson's _Dictionary_ does not insert the word "droning" or

    Notes and Queries, Number 49, October 5, 1850

  • When you feel a physical pain, add the formula _ "It is going away ...", _ very quickly repeated, in a kind of droning voice, placing your hand on the part where you feel the pain, or on the forehead, if it is a mental distress.

    Maîtrise de soi-même par l'autosuggestion consciente. English

  • One or two needles, with coarse, black thread dangling to them, were stuck in on his shoulder; and, as he busily darned on the little stocking, he kept up a kind of droning intermixture of chanting and talking to the child on his knee.

    Dred; A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp. Vol. I

  • The disc begins with a similar kind of droning weirdness, although far less "difficult."

    Playback:stl Syndication

  • Origins places its focus firmly with the latter, although someone in advertising clearly recognized the cultural divide, setting the trailer to the same kind of droning synth-rock that plagued the English dub of

    Verbal Spew


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  • the act of flying model drones.

    spotted on Sci Fri - interview about RC drones. Not the preferred term for flying drones.

    tweets suggest this is also a word to describe the act of flying a UAV over  a military  target or foreign country. 

    July 26, 2015

  • My adjectival use: 'Droning planes annoy me.'

    August 22, 2011