In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Oh, you're right, they do sound like mindless drones when they greet you, Toni!
- Angry mindless drones swarm in and complain about the review because they're too dense to realize it's a joke.
- It should have been a good line, but he sounded like a petulant drone with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement.
- It is possible that this structure could accomplish something, if these relatives, cronies, hangers on, drones and bludgers were of any consequence, or even if they were a little better than mediocre.
- The Union Movement must submit to a purge, it must harshly discard the parasitical drones and rebuild the hive.
1.3US (drudge)esclavo masculineesclava feminine
2.1(sound)(of aircraft, traffic) zumbido masculine(of aircraft, traffic) ruido masculine(of bees) zumbido masculine
- Gliders and microlights have replaced wartime bombers at Rufforth Airfield, and they fly over a York very different to that which once echoed to the drone of the Halifax engines.
- As she walked along the streets of Manhattan, the consistent drone of the cars fading into the background, she began to wonder about her going to New York in the first place.
- The marching of our feet rings out in unison, an endless drone accompanied by the clattering hooves of the knights' horses.
- And the thunder-like drone of its eight engines strikes fear into troops below.
- We were silent for a few moments, the drone of the lesson buzzing like a fly in my ears.
- Occupying every single empty seat in sight, the crowd's continuous drone echoed within the tall tent.
- Even when warm and cruising on the motorway it gives off a drone, and tyre noise also intrudes.
- The drone begins to sound similar to a vacuum cleaner sucking up all the surrounding life.
- Colonel Donovan could hear the resonating booms above the noisy drone of the plane's engine.
- In the background, cameras whirred like demented bluebottles, adding their drone to the low buzz of conversation.
- I punched in Anna's phone number, and the drone of the ringing was putting me to sleep, it was 10: 30 pm already.
- ‘There's something you want to say,’ he said, studying her complacent gaze as the even drone of the moving car overtook her senses.
- Masses of mankind arose from inexpensive seating, emitting a drone of noise, noises, actually, as small groups of people conversed about a number of subjects.
- Tobias couldn't hear himself scream over the drone of planes and noise of the explosions rattling the earth all around him.
- The silence outside. Living so close to Kennedy Airport, the sound of planes getting ready to land is a constant drone throughout the day.
- My brother hummed turbine noises, but the drone of thunder muted him.
- Well, no sounds today, of course, as whoever it is must be at work, so the only sound from this house is the endless drone of daytime TV, which I have spent much of the day summoning up the energy to turn off.
- Across the Channel the night thundered with the drone of 1,700 planes.
- Both drones and noise are essential elements in music.
- Noises such as the drone of cicadas, the crackling of branches, flies buzzing, and the calls of birds had drowned out in her thoughts.
2.2(monotonous speech, voice)cantinela feminine informalsonsonete masculine
- So when I reach my classroom, I listen to the monotonous drone of the teacher.
- Viceroy's voice was still a monotonous drone, and I wanted to slap him just to see that he could still talk and/or yell with emotion.
- Isabella listened to the drone of his monotonous voice, and did as he said.
- Zac talked in a monotonous drone about the hidden treasures of Egypt, the esoteric wisdom that Aristotle stole, or was it Plato, and then the Egyptians forgot everything.
- Very few listened to the monotonous drone of the teacher as he explained proofs and parabolas.
- She looked at it now, while she tuned out the monotonous drone of her teacher's ramblings.
- This great change manifested itself in a sudden tiredness and slight nausea as the speaker's monotonous drone confirmed exactly the opposite.
3.1(note, chord)bordón masculine
- The melodies are almost invariably composed with buzzing, pleasantly grating synthesizer drones.
- The sounds become electronic drones, otherworldly howls, pulverizing static, and then are melded into harsh industrial soundscapes.
- Hissing drones and cymbal crashes sweep away any memory of the former's dulcet overtones.
- Of its sixteen tracks, about seven are brief spectral drones, dark, nocturnal segues to the more fully developed pieces.
- For example, you can select a small portion of a steady-state sound such as a drone or a gong roll.
- Up to four unstopped strings, called bourdons, sound drones.
- There are a lot of echoes, for instance, and these either stretch the small metallic sounds out into drones or create sharp, stuttering rhythms.
- Thus the music feels bounded by the drone, that the drone is the undulating surface of a musical object.
- The first thing I heard when I put in this CD and pressed ‘Play’ was a weird drone that sounded more like an air raid than anything else my fatigued brain could think of.
- As I get older and my tinnitus removes the top-end of music, I feel less inclined towards the Bass and Drums and more drawn towards drones and defined sounds.
- The other synth sounds are drones and squiggles.
- Track two of this CD starts with a low drone and the sound of rain falling gently.
- The first track starts sort of clean and minimal and then descends into chaos - pretty soon you're swimming in bloodcurdling squeals and distorted drones as waves of digital noise wash over you.
- While Doria and Denardo clearly embrace the primal power of the drone, their sound is loud but not dissonant or cacophonous, and is seldom if ever grating but instead clean.
- The former track is comprised almost entirely of bass-heavy drones and pulsating synth waves, slow echoes fading into the ether.
- It doesn't help that the musical backing is a five-minute drone of grating computerized noise.
- Finally, her right hand slowed and then stopped, although her left hand continued the drone for a few notes before it, too fell still.
- On a personal note, several of my most powerful dreams have involved a rising drone or chanting sound.
- In that drone Harley heard an echo of the blues, but he also heard something deeper.
- As the track moves along, the static, rumbles, guitar notes, and drones all mix together, with the drone slowly building and dominating the proceedings.
3.2(of bagpipe)roncón masculinebordón masculine
- The poem ‘Saxophone’ repeats the word money in almost every line, every phrase, until it becomes a drone string on a banjo, a bass note that's always there.
- There are two components other than the bag which set the Bagpipes from other instruments, the reed chanter and the drone pipes.
- It provided a tone that was rich with upper-end harmonics and a full bass from the drone strings.
- Move interstate but always have it in the back of your mind to return one day, just to see if New Editions Bookshop is still there and to lay a drone pipe atop his grave.
4Militaryavión teledirigido masculineavión espía no tripulado masculine
1(plane/engine/bee) zumbara small plane droned past — una avioneta pasó zumbando
- The dull thump of the bass beat of some unknown song droned on, providing a never-ending soundtrack to the party.
- It was cold and hard against my ear, but the dial tone droned on clearly.
- The monotonous hum of the mining drill droned on.
- He had heard that Mileson was very hands-on but still couldn't believe his eyes during an early team talk as the sound of a vacuum cleaner droned in the background.
- Heading for Utah Beach, Jack, aboard water barge LBW in the 34th Flotilla, heard the buzz of low flying Dakotas as they droned in from the sea towing their camouflaged gliders.
- His voice droned and buzzed in Sean's ears like a hovering bee, more so today than any other day.
- The television drones on, white noise in the back of my feverish mind.
- The cicadas droned all the way home, joined by grasshoppers who sounded like gadgets of gears and springs.
- The air conditioner droned in that maddening old machine way, but it was too hot to not have the thing on.
- The low, humming buzz from the many computer screens droned constantly on.
- There are bumble bees buzzing and droning around my spring flowers.
- Then I stopped the mower, and the cicadas droned on, on, on.
2(person) hablar con monotoníashe droned (on) for hours about Latin verbs — siguió horas con la cantinela / la perorata de los verbos latinos informal
- As Mr Brown droned on and on, delivering possibly the dullest speech of his life, she fell asleep.
- Most people on the shuttle droned in monotonous tones about subjects so boring it should be a criminal offense to talk about, and the employees were ever cheerful in words, but in expression they belonged in the mental institution.
- Throughout the entire class I fought to keep myself awake as the teacher droned on in monotone.
- Then he droned on for an hour, so softly I could hardly hear a word over the post-dinner chitchat.
- Thank goodness blogs hadn't really taken off five years ago, otherwise dreary people would have been droning on and on about how the arrival of the year 2000 wasn't actually the start of the new Millennium after all.
- How else can they drone on about the same boring subject continuously?
- I rolled my eyes as Clarissa continued to drone on.
- He droned on and on about some friend of his sister's who he saw last Christmas and who looked exactly the same after ten years of not seeing her.
- ‘He droned on and on, frequently mentioning how much better the candidates would sound the more we drank,’ a witness told us.
- ‘Hello, my dear,’ she droned sweetly with a low hiss.
- As Jack continued on droning about how Chin dislike anime, Zack's head was swarming with questions & incredulity.
- The veteran hardliner has been droning on about her political burnout for years, and has also long had to live with open speculation that her husband is an intelligence agent on the payroll of the French government.
- Convinced that she was indeed taking notes, Mr. Hawthorn continued droning on about the Samurai warriors.
- In fact, most serious energy enthusiasts are keen to distance themselves from those wacky New Age types who drone on about our energy fields being affected by karmic laws.
- The voice of the teacher droned on monotonously about some mathematical formula, but the normally attentive teenager had other things on his mind.
- They had begged, pleaded, droned on and on until in the end I gave in.
- ‘O.K., one espresso ’, Keagan droned, shuffling over to the cappuccino machine.
- Mrs. Flaunders sends her a nasty look and continues droning on.
- Patrick continued to drone on, and had not spotted them.
- The foreman on that building site was approached last week about it and I will continue to drone on about it until is has been sorted.
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