- bombinate (v.) "make a buzzing noise," 1865, from L. bombinare, corrupted from bombitare "to hum, buzz," from bombus "a deep, hollow sound; hum, buzz," echoic. Related: Bombinated; bombinating.
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Bombinate — Bom bi*nate, v. i. To hum; to boom. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
bombinate — [bäm′bə nāt΄] vi. bombinated, bombinating [< ModL bombinatus, pp. of bombinare, altered < L bombitare, to buzz < bombus, a buzzing: see BOMB] to make a buzzing sound bombination n … English World dictionary
bombinate — intransitive verb ( nated; nating) Etymology: New Latin bombinatus, past participle of bombinare, alteration of Latin bombilare, from bombus Date: 1880 buzz, drone • bombination noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
bombinate — bombination, n. /bom beuh nayt /, v.i., bombinated, bombinating. to make a humming or buzzing noise. [1875 80; < NL bombinatus, ptp. of bombinare, appar. coined by Rabelais on basis of L bombilare to hum, buzz < Gk bombyliázein, deriv. of bómbos; … Universalium
bombinate — verb /ˈbɒmbɪneɪt/ 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 OBrian, HMS Surprise … Wiktionary
bombinate — v. buzz, hum, drone … English contemporary dictionary
bombinate — [ bɒmbɪneɪt] verb literary buzz; hum. Origin C19: from med. L. bombinat , bombinare buzz , from L. bombus (see bomb) … English new terms dictionary
bombinate — bom·bi·nate … English syllables
bombinate — bom•bi•nate [[t]ˈbɒm bəˌneɪt[/t]] v. i. nat•ed, nat•ing cvb to make a humming or buzzing noise • Etymology: 1875–80; < NL bombinātus … From formal English to slang
bombinate — v.i. buzz; boom. ♦ bombilation, ♦ bombination, n … Dictionary of difficult words