from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To buzz; hum.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To buzz; make a buzzing sound; bombilate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To hum; to boom.
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- verb to
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- verb make a buzzing sound
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Late Latin bombināre, bombināt-, variant of Latin bombilāre, from bombus, a rumbling, buzzing; see bomb.]
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From Medieval Latin bombināre, present active infinitive of bombinō ("buzz, hum"), variant of Latin bombilō, from Ancient Greek βομβυλιάζειν (bombuliázein), from βόμβος (bómbos, "booming, humming"), of imitatory origin.
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Archive 2008-07-01 2008
Like his co-workers he had been somewhat stampeded by Dorn's imitative faculties, faculties which enabled the former journalist to bombinate twice as loud in a void three times as great as any of his colleagues.
Erik Dorn Ben Hecht 1929
yarb commented on the word bombinate
"It was Knockespotch," Mr. Scogan continued, "the great Knockespotch, who delivered us from the dreary tyranny of the realistic novel. My life, Knockespotch said, is not so long that I can afford to spend precious hours writing or reading descriptions of middle-class interiors. He said again, 'I am tired of seeing the human mind bogged in a social plenum; I prefer to paint it in a vacuum, freely and sportively bombinating.'"
- Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow
March 29, 2008
acediscovery commented on the word bombinate
to buzz / hum / drone
November 28, 2008
bilby commented on the word bombinate
"He is often drunk. His head hurts. Snatches of conversation, remembered precepts, prefigured cries of terror bombinate about his skull."
- Elspeth Barker, 'Nobs and the rabble, all in the same boat', Independent, 22 September 1996.
May 11, 2009
milosrdenstvi commented on the word bombinate
May 11, 2009
gangerh commented on the word bombinate
Bombinate gives me a buzz. However, to me, abombinate sounds repugnant.
May 12, 2009