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drone on

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drone on talk in a monotonous voice
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Usage

In literature:

The play droned on to the end of the interminable first act.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Over the droning of the hymn she caught the sound of a horse's hoofs on the road.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
M. de Reaumur also says a few words, somewhere, of a hive containing many more drones than workers, but advances no conjectures on the cause.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
The music of the waking night-world droned on the scented air, emphasizing the calm, the delicious peace.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
The city has enacted "move on" laws intending to get rid of drones.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
As the Chief passed with his prisoner the wizard turned his eyes on the two, and then droned on.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
He'd wake up in a minute and hear the drone of a ship on the line.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
There are too many drones in England, living on the common produce of labor.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The motors droned on, coming nearer and nearer.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
On the outskirts of the village a mill-wheel droned lazily as the boys swung at scout's stride down the road.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
The professor droned on monotonously.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
The professor droned on.
"The Boarded-Up House" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
This he kept always on tap, and only a hint was needed to set him droning on endlessly.
"The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall" by Spencer Davenport
Weems droned on with his sermon, and I chucked in question and retort from time to time, just to keep him at it.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
The minister's voice droned on and on, but Hannah was sending up a fervent petition of her own, and for a brief space heard nothing.
"The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted" by Katharine Ellis Barrett
He was at work installing a tiny servomotor in the drone control unit when something landed on his head and gripped his hair firmly.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Out there on the flat, the little wingless drones buzzed to and fro with their false seeming of animation, finishing their work.
"World of the Drone" by Robert Abernathy
As time went on, he had grown more and more impatient of the drones in Delhi.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
Gradually, as the plane droned on, even these were left behind.
"Queen of the Flaming Diamond" by Leroy Yerxa
Still penetrating the sweet, white halo of this vision, he heard the voice of Mr. Stretton deferentially droning on.
"The Mountain Girl" by Payne Erskine
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In poetry:

The hucksters haggle in the mart
The cars and carts go by;
Senates and schools go droning on;
For dead things cannot die.
"For A War Memorial" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Beauty was here in on this beetle-droning downland;
The thought of a Caesar in the purple came
From the palace by the Tiber in the Roman townland
To this wind-swept hill with no name.
"Night Is On The Downland" by John Masefield
Now fades the glimm'ring landscape on the sight,
And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight,
And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds;
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
Over the fields of clover,
Where the wild bee drones and sways,
The wind, like a shepherd lover,
Flutes on the fragrant ways--
Heart of my heart, where the blossoms part,
What is the air he plays?
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
And then that someone spoke:
He sits here opposite me; I hear him croak
While he drones on: "You are animated clay,
Dead for all time, alive just for one day! ....
Death makes you nothing! . . . ."
"Each Man Is Each" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Memory is on me of the warm dim chambers.
And the laughter of my friends in the huge high-ceilinged hall,
Lectures and the voices of the dons deep-droning,
The things that were so common once — God, I feel them all.
"Oxford From The Trenches" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh

In news:

First, a confession: In high school, my eyes glazed over as my English teacher droned on about the universality of Shakespeare and his literary genius.
Kaplan and Packer on Drone Warfare.
Since the War on Terror began, pilotless surveillance drones have been a useful and effective tool for the US Military both in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as combating the terror threat overseas.
Three years after it was founded, Danvers-based CyPhy Works is finally showing off what it has been working on this week, unveiling two hovering drones designed for indoor and outdoor operations.
The drone was on routine maritime surveillance in international airspace east of Kuwait, 16 miles off the coast of Iran, US officials said.
John McCain, R-Ariz. Has criticized President Obama's foreign policy on Syria and has called for an independent investigation into high-profile leaks on drone attacks and cyber warfare.
Drones help keep an eye on storms.
On Friday, Nov 16, 2012, Israeli Defense Forces released this video it claims shows a Hamas drone aircraft being tested in Khan Yunis, Gaza.
Speaking on Israeli television, an IDF spokesman said that for the past few months Israel has been monitoring Hamas' attempt to build a drone fleet.
) Daily Times on surveillance drones.
Despite the Air Force's emphasis on unmanned drones, manned aircraft are not going away, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Norton Schwartz told reporters on Tuesday.
U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike in Yemen on September 30.
We could drone on and on about the genius of the minimalism mindset -- but obviously, that's missing the point of minimalism .
Production has begun at a Northrop Grumman plant in Moss Point on fuselages for a new line of surveillance drones.
Drones to Take Flight in Nepal 's War on Poachers.
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