In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- 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.
- Angry mindless drones swarm in and complain about the review because they're too dense to realize it's a joke.
- The Union Movement must submit to a purge, it must harshly discard the parasitical drones and rebuild the hive.
- Oh, you're right, they do sound like mindless drones when they greet you, Toni!
1.3US (drudge)esclavo masculineesclava feminine
2.1(sound)masculine zumbidomasculine ruidomasculine zumbido
- ‘There's something you want to say,’ he said, studying her complacent gaze as the even drone of the moving car overtook her senses.
- In the background, cameras whirred like demented bluebottles, adding their drone to the low buzz of conversation.
- 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.
- And the thunder-like drone of its eight engines strikes fear into troops below.
- Tobias couldn't hear himself scream over the drone of planes and noise of the explosions rattling the earth all around him.
- 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.
- 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.
- Even when warm and cruising on the motorway it gives off a drone, and tyre noise also intrudes.
- I punched in Anna's phone number, and the drone of the ringing was putting me to sleep, it was 10: 30 pm already.
- Noises such as the drone of cicadas, the crackling of branches, flies buzzing, and the calls of birds had drowned out in her thoughts.
- The drone begins to sound similar to a vacuum cleaner sucking up all the surrounding life.
- We were silent for a few moments, the drone of the lesson buzzing like a fly in my ears.
- The silence outside. Living so close to Kennedy Airport, the sound of planes getting ready to land is a constant drone throughout the day.
- 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.
- My brother hummed turbine noises, but the drone of thunder muted him.
- Both drones and noise are essential elements in music.
- Across the Channel the night thundered with the drone of 1,700 planes.
- Colonel Donovan could hear the resonating booms above the noisy drone of the plane's engine.
- The marching of our feet rings out in unison, an endless drone accompanied by the clattering hooves of the knights' horses.
- Occupying every single empty seat in sight, the crowd's continuous drone echoed within the tall tent.
2.2(monotonous speech, voice)cantinela feminine informalsonsonete masculine
- So when I reach my classroom, I listen to the monotonous drone of the teacher.
- 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.
- Isabella listened to the drone of his monotonous voice, and did as he said.
- 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.
- 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.
3.1(note, chord)bordón masculine
- 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.
- For example, you can select a small portion of a steady-state sound such as a drone or a gong roll.
- Of its sixteen tracks, about seven are brief spectral drones, dark, nocturnal segues to the more fully developed pieces.
- Hissing drones and cymbal crashes sweep away any memory of the former's dulcet overtones.
- Up to four unstopped strings, called bourdons, sound drones.
- The sounds become electronic drones, otherworldly howls, pulverizing static, and then are melded into harsh industrial soundscapes.
- The other synth sounds are drones and squiggles.
- It doesn't help that the musical backing is a five-minute drone of grating computerized noise.
- In that drone Harley heard an echo of the blues, but he also heard something deeper.
- Track two of this CD starts with a low drone and the sound of rain falling gently.
- Finally, her right hand slowed and then stopped, although her left hand continued the drone for a few notes before it, too fell still.
- As the track moves along, the static, rumbles, guitar notes, and drones all mix together, with the drone slowly building and dominating the proceedings.
- The melodies are almost invariably composed with buzzing, pleasantly grating synthesizer drones.
- 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.
- On a personal note, several of my most powerful dreams have involved a rising drone or chanting sound.
- The former track is comprised almost entirely of bass-heavy drones and pulsating synth waves, slow echoes fading into the ether.
- Thus the music feels bounded by the drone, that the drone is the undulating surface of a musical object.
- 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 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.
- There are a lot of echoes, for instance, and these either stretch the small metallic sounds out into drones or create sharp, stuttering rhythms.
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.
- 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.
- It provided a tone that was rich with upper-end harmonics and a full bass from the drone strings.
- There are two components other than the bag which set the Bagpipes from other instruments, the reed chanter and the drone pipes.
4Militaryavión teledirigido masculineavión espía no tripulado masculine
1(plane/engine/bee) zumbara small plane droned past — una avioneta pasó zumbando
2(person) hablar con monotoníashe droned (on) for hours about Latin verbs — siguió horas con la cantinela / la perorata de los verbos latinos informal
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