Definition of bombilate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒmbɪleɪt/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


[no object] rare
Buzz; hum.
Example sentences
  • Smoke, indeed, was pouring out of the dining room, and the gong was bombilating.
  • There is a fine echo about these words, which keeps bombilating round and round in the head with utter defiance of sense and progress.
  • I was exhausted and losing concentration but a few insects were bombilating in from the flight.



Example sentences
  • Instantly a bombilation of laughter surged over the auditorium.
  • The whip argued with the bombilation of the flies over the sugary dew of our sores.
  • When the bombilation became too fearful, Lovaina called out from her bed: "Make smaller noise! Nobody is asleep!"


Late 19th century: from medieval Latin bombilare 'to buzz', from Latin bombus 'humming' (see bomb).

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