AskDefine | Define bombinate

Dictionary Definition

bombinate v : make a buzzing sound; "bees were buzzing around the hive" [syn: buzz, bombilate]

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English

Etymology

From bombinare, variant of bombilare, from βομβυλιάζειν, from βόμβος, of imitatory origin.

Pronunciation

IPA: /'bɒmbɪneɪt/

Verb

  1. to buzz or hum
    • 1973: So full a ship, so close-packed a world, moving urgently along, surrounded by its own vacuum; each man bombinating in his own, no doubt. — Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise

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