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 for drone
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drone \Drone\, n. [OE. drane a dronebee, AS. dr[=a]n; akin to
     OS. dr[=a]n, OHG. treno, G. drohne, Dan. drone, cf. Gr. ? a
     kind of wasp, dial. Gr. ? drone. Prob. named fr. the droning
     sound. See Drone, v. i.]
     1. (Zool.) The male of bees, esp. of the honeybee. It gathers
        no honey. See Honeybee.
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              All with united force combine to drive
              The lazy drones from the laborious hive. --Dryden.
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     2. One who lives on the labors of others; a lazy, idle
        fellow; a sluggard.
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              By living as a drone,to be an unprofitable and
              unworthy member of so noble and learned a society.
                                                    -- Burton.
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     3. That which gives out a grave or monotonous tone or dull
        sound; as:
        (a) A drum. [Obs.] Halliwell.
        (b) The part of the bagpipe containing the two lowest
            tubes, which always sound the key note and the fifth.
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     4. A humming or deep murmuring sound.
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              The monotonous drone of the wheel.    --Longfellow.
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     5. (Mus.) A monotonous bass, as in a pastoral composition.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drone \Drone\ (dr[=o]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Droned; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Droning.] [Cf. (for sense 1) D. dreunen, G.
     dr["o]hnen, Icel. drynja to roar, drynr a roaring, Sw.
     dr["o]na to bellow, drone, Dan. dr["o]ne, Goth. drunjus
     sound, Gr. ? dirge, ? to cry aloud, Skr. dhran to sound. Cf.
     Drone, n.]
     1. To utter or make a low, dull, monotonous, humming or
        murmuring sound.
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              Where the beetle wheels his droning flight. --T.
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     2. To love in idleness; to do nothing. "Race of droning
        kings." --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially
           honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen
      2: an unchanging intonation [syn: monotone, drone,
      3: someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags
         behind [syn: dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger,
         trailer, poke]
      4: an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote
         control [syn: drone, pilotless aircraft, radio-
         controlled aircraft]
      5: a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single
         continuous tone [syn: drone, drone pipe, bourdon]
      v 1: make a monotonous low dull sound; "The harmonium was
           droning on"
      2: talk in a monotonous voice [syn: drone, drone on]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  237 Moby Thesaurus words for "drone":
     Indian file, accompaniment, alliteration, alto, array,
     articulation, assonance, bagpipe, bagpipes, bank, baritone, bass,
     basso continuo, basso ostinato, bassus, bee, beggar, birr, blubber,
     bombilate, bombinate, boom, bourdon, bum, bumble, bumblebee,
     bummer, burden, burr, buzz, cadger, canto, cantus,
     cantus figuratus, cantus planus, catena, catenation, chain,
     chain reaction, chaining, chanter, chest voice, chime,
     clockwork regularity, coloratura, concatenation, connection,
     consecution, constancy, continue the same, continuo, continuum,
     contralto, cornemuse, coupon clippers, course, cycle, daily round,
     dawdle, dawdler, descant, descent, dingdong, doodlesack,
     drag along, drag on, drone bass, droning, endless belt,
     endless round, even pace, even tenor, falsetto, figured bass, file,
     filiation, foot-dragger, freeloader, gabble, gamut, gibber,
     gibbering, goldbrick, goof-off, gradation, ground bass, harping,
     head voice, honeybee, hornet, hum, humdrum, idle rich,
     invariability, jabber, jibber, jingle, jingle-jangle, laggard,
     lallygag, laze, leisure class, lie-abed, line, lineage, lingerer,
     loaf, loiter, loiterer, loll, lounge, lounge lizard,
     lumpen proletariat, maunder, maundering, mendicant, monologue,
     monotone, monotonousness, monotony, moocher, mouth, mouthing,
     mumble, mumbling, murmur, murmuring, musette, mutter, muttering,
     near rhyme, nexus, nonworker, orderliness, panhandler, parasite,
     part, pendulum, periodicity, persist, pipes, pitter-patter,
     plain chant, plain song, plenum, plodder, powder train, prevail,
     prick song, procrastinator, progression, purr, queen, queen bee,
     queue, range, rank, recurrence, regularity, rentiers,
     repeated sounds, repetitiousness, repetitiveness, reticulation,
     rhyme, rotation, round, routine, row, run, run through, sameliness,
     sameness, scale, sequence, series, single file, singsong,
     slant rhyme, sleepyhead, slow goer, slow-foot, slowbelly, slowpoke,
     slug, sluggard, smoothness, snail, sob, soprano, sordellina,
     speak incoherently, spectrum, spiv, splutter, sponger, sputter,
     stale repetition, stick-in-the-mud, string, strum, succession,
     susurrate, susurration, swath, tedium, tenor, the unemployable,
     the unemployed, thorough bass, thread, thrum, tier, tortoise,
     train, treadmill, treble, trot, undersong, undeviation,
     undifferentiation, union pipes, unnecessary repetition,
     unvariation, voce, voce di petto, voce di testa, voice, voice part,
     wasp, whir, whisper, whispering, whiz, windrow, worker,
     yellow jacket

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      Ignorant sales or customer service personnel in computer or electronics
      superstores. Characterized by a lack of even superficial knowledge about
      the products they sell, yet possessed of the conviction that they are more
      competent than their hacker customers. Usage: ?That video board probably
      sucks, it was recommended by a drone at Fry's? In the year 2000, their
      natural habitats include Fry's Electronics, Best Buy, and CompUSA.

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