Drone fly

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Drone fly (Zoöl) A dipterous insect (Eristalis tenax), resembling the drone bee. See Eristalis.
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Usage

In literature:

It was droning like a harmonium with the flies and bluebottles, and the floor and walls were like a slaughter-house.
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
It was droning like a harmonium with the flies and bluebottles, and the floor and walls were like a slaughter-house.
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The flies droned as drowsily and the murmur of the brook below was just as audible.
"The House Behind the Cedars" by Charles W. Chesnutt
A few big flies droned lazily about their still forms.
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
The flies droning in the hot office made the only sound.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
The smaller species of the humming-birds are less in size than the great fly wasp, and more slender than the drone.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
A cloud of flies droned fretfully about my ears.
"Henry Brocken" by Walter J. de la Mare
Beetles droned, flying conspicuously upright, straight on end, through the warm air.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
You well know, Sir, that all drones and workers are not in a condition to fly for a day or two after leaving their cells.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
Above this putrefying feast swarmed myriads of flies, their buzzing combining in a drone like that of an electric fan.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
In their chorus, other flies droned then ran up & down the ledge.
"Sympathetic Magic" by Paul Cameron Brown
The smaller species of the Humming birds are less in size than the great fly wasp, and more slender than the drone.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography, Vol. II, No 3, September 1897" by Various
The flying drones aloft had suddenly abandoned their scattered strafing attacks.
"World of the Drone" by Robert Abernathy
The drone of a night-flying aeroplane passed overhead.
"From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917" by Philip Gibbs
Between the heavy blows flies droned.
"A Son of the Sahara" by Louise Gerard
The flies buzzed, they droned so loudly that he couldn't hear her.
"The Girl From His Town" by Marie Van Vorst
The fly droned his drowsy hum upon the rough plaster.
"The Divine Adventure Volume IV" by Fiona Macleod
A pitiful, deformed drone that could not fly; that could never be in the Great Courting Chase!
"Nuova" by Vernon Kellogg
The drone-bee, or perhaps a flesh-fly.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
The kingbird sits higher than the honey bee flies, and the drones are the ones that come near him.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller
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In poetry:

Ye pampered drones! pursuit is vain,
Give o'er the godless, cruel strife!
As well o'ertake the hurricane:
Despair and love fly there for life.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
Sewn with gold is your sable-black jerkin of velvet,
Loud your hum as you boldly fly into my room.
Why, O bumblebee, drone you so mournfully, tell me?
Would you share my dejection and gloom?
"The Last Bumblebee" by Ivan Bunin

In news:

Around 7,000 drones or robots fly the skies of those countries.
A unit from Iran 's navy has captured a US drone flying over the Persian Gulf, according to Iranian state media reports Tuesday.
Back in 2009, the Air Force confirmed that it had a mysterious stealth drone, the Lockheed RQ-170, flying over Kandahar in Afghanistan — the subject of much online speculation and grainy photography.
An American drone flying over Yemen fired a missile that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida operative and US citizen.
Military families in Fort Smith tell 40/29 News they will fight to keep the Fighter Wing flying despite Washington proposal supporting an unmanned mission with drones.
World news is thick with stories about flying drones spying on an unsuspecting public.
These are largely reports of military or law enforcement drones flying over the Middle East, Africa and the Southwestern United States.
US Drones, Jets Still Fly Over Pakistan .
View full size Associated Press This Jan 31, 2010, photo shows a US Predator drone flying near the moon.
Pentagon Says Iran Fired On Unarmed US Drone Flying Over Persian Gulf .
Boeing successfully tests Phantom Eye, a long-flying drone.
Google and the World Wildlife Fund have teamed up to begin flying drones over parts of Africa and Asia in an attempt to monitor and catch wildlife poachers who kill endangered tigers, rhinos, and elephants, the WWF announced this week.
MIT's robotics whizzes have created a new flying drone that can navigate unknown indoor areas all by itself.
Two Iranian jets recently tried and failed to shoot down an unarmed MQ-1 Predator drone flying a surveillance mission over the Persian Gulf, the Pentagon disclosed Thursday.
An animal rights group in Pennsylvania is asking authorities to investigate after a remote-controlled "flying camera" (or drone) they were using to spy on a pigeon shoot was itself shot down Sunday.
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