Definition of bombinate in English:



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  • Buzz; hum.

    ‘her head had become a bombinating vacuum’
    • ‘Snatches of conversation, remembered precepts, and prefigured cries of terror bombinate about his skull.’
    • ‘‘Many professional historians, bombinating in their airless circles, tend to ignore or dismiss Churchill the historian’.’
    • ‘He has bombinated about his career in the Big Leagues twice, in The Umpire Strikes Back and Strike Two.’
    • ‘It would help us to gauge the probability of finding life elsewhere instead of bombinating in a vacuum of data, caught between inevitability and uniqueness.’
    • ‘Our dog has become good with horses; she tucks herself out of the way and lies down and doesn't bombinate around getting underfoot.’
    hum, drone, bumble, whir, fizz, fuzz, hiss, sing, murmur, whisper
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Late 19th century: from medieval Latin bombinare, bombinat- ‘buzz’, from Latin bombus ‘humming’ (see bomb).