• WordNet 3.6
    • n droning an unchanging intonation
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  • Charles Dickens
    “This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.”


In literature:

The constant drone of that old woman was putting me to sleep.
"The Log-Cabin Lady, An Anonymous Autobiography" by Unknown
Presently from the darkness there came the distant drone of powerful engines.
"The Man Upstairs" by P. G. Wodehouse
Then, faint at first, but growing stronger every instant, there came from some point in the road far behind him a steady droning sound.
"The White Feather" by P. G. Wodehouse
Drones are not welcomed by us.
"Mike" by P. G. Wodehouse
The droning gurgle that he made kept Tinto awake.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
But then Parson Dale, though High Church to the marrow, is neither hypocrite nor drone.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
We had hardly finished laying our eggs when a droning noise was heard.
"Diary of a U-Boat Commander" by Anonymous
The silence now became complete, save for the stamping of the impatient horses and the drone of insects in the woods and grass.
"The Rock of Chickamauga" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The big car hummed like a droning bee and seemed to cover the miles as if by magic.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
I've an important conference on at the Drones tonight.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
Their long, soft, elusive whistlings, pleasant to hear above the drone of mountain waters, filled the air with a musical cadence.
"The Grizzly King" by James Oliver Curwood
Miss Benton sighted up these noble columns to where a breeze droned in the tops, two hundred feet above.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Even the drone of thunder and the beat of rain urged him on.
"The Alaskan" by James Oliver Curwood
A young person who is an idler, a drone, is a pest in society.
"Golden Steps to Respectability, Usefulness and Happiness" by John Mather Austin
Clamour and shouting arose where before had been a droning silence.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
Under his knees he felt that the crypt was throbbing and droning like a huge organ.
"A Child's Book of Saints" by William Canton
We slept heavily, too tired to worry about the morrow, or the menacing drone of Hun 'planes overhead.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
You see, the drones usually start out simply, by setting up minor interference in business or government on some primitive planet.
"The Players" by Everett B. Cole
A scuttling, scratching, and the drone of wings.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
It was the steady droning of cascading waters falling in a mighty tide.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

The organ's drone, the voices faint
    That sing the quaint long-metre hymn—
I somehow feel as if shut out
From some mysterious temple, dim
"At Home from Church" by Sarah Orne Jewett
While in the mill, with ceaseless whirr and drone,
With moss and lichens to the roof o'ergrown
An undertone to every other sound,
The blind old horse goes round
"The Battle Autumn of 1862" by Kate Seymour Maclean
What mean yon cries where the flat world dies
In hazy rotundity —
Tumult a-swoon, silence a-croon,
Lapped in profundity — bane or boon
Or only the drone of a fever rune?
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
I rested, with one hesitant hand
Upon the gate. The lonesome day,
Droning with insects, made the land
One dry stagnation; soaked with hay
And scents of weeds, the hot wind fanned.
"A Flower Of The Fields" by Madison Julius Cawein
By flight how shall one triumph or make end?
Shall warm love spurned and perjured wine amend
Death by the drone of sluggish years that rust?
Shall thus your praise of gratitude ascend?
"Omar Dead" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Then through great temples swelled the dismal moaning
Of dirge-like music and sepulchral prayer;
Pale wizard priests, o'er occult symbols droning,
Swung their white censers in the burdened air
"Worship" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

A Pakistani protester holds a burning US flag as others shout slogans during a protest in Multan on October 31, 2011 against US drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region.
35 pm EST Insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan have hacked into live video feeds from Predator drones, a key weapon in a Pentagon spy system that serves as the US military's eyes in the sky for surveillance and intelligence collection.
The Predator drones flying over Afghanistan and Pakistan are variants of this MQ-9 Reaper.
US Drone Program May Challenge International Law .
An Iranian attack aircraft fired at least twice at an unarmed US drone conducting routine surveillance in international airspace over the Persian Gulf, the Pentagon said Thursday.
The aircraft missed and the drone returned to base unharmed.
Iranian warplanes fired shots at a US drone last week but only after the unmanned aircraft had entered Iranian airspace, Iran's defense minister said Friday.
Drones Kill Another ' Irreplaceable ' al-Qaida Leader.
Code Pink activists warned of possible terrorist strike against anti-drone rally in Pakistan.
Americans in Pakistan to protest US drone strikes.
ISLAMABAD — A group of American activists is in Pakistan, planning to join a march into the country's tribal belt to protest US drone strikes.
I'm talking, of course, about the drone aircraft that have, in recent years, become a signature form of American war-making.
Iran Shows Video It Says Is of US Drone.
New, stealthy Navy drone makes its maiden flight .
The X-47B drone takes off for a test last week from Edwards Air Force Base in California.

In science:

Also, in this regime one obtains the following picture for asymptotics of the probabilities at t → +∞: all the ‘activated’ (i.e., with ρn 6= 0) probabilities with the maximal value of the decay parameters rise droningly, whereas all the remaining probabilities fall to the zero ones.
Arrow of time in generalized quantum theory and its classical limit dynamics