Open Dictionary word of the week: nanodronePosted by Laine Redpath Cole on February 09, 2012
an extremely small drone (unmanned plane) that resembles an insect
Well, the robo-obsessed tweakers over at DARPA have such a program that hopes to reify an entirely brand new species of mechanical insects and nano-drones that could be used for any number of military operational purposes.
Another very similar (very similar) word added to the Open Dictionary at the same time: microdrone. I was a bit surprised by the definitions because in my world the noun microdrone refers to my son when he wants a go on the iPad and it’s morning and he has to wait till ‘later’. A nanodrone is my daughter when she wants to go play at Rosie’s house and it’s not even the weekend yet. I also recommend the verb form microdroning, for when someone’s going on about something but just a little. And nanodroning, for when someone’s going on about something but you’d hardly notice because it’s such a tiny, tiny sort of droning. This, however, has nothing at all to do with very small, unmanned (perhaps teeny, tiny women-only) planes which seem to currently be fashionable in certain circles. Now, tweaker is a good word. If someone adds that to the OD, I could have a nanodrone about it next week.Email this Post