Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A structure for housing bees, especially honeybees.
  • n. A colony of bees living in such a structure.
  • n. A place swarming with activity.
  • transitive v. To collect into a hive.
  • transitive v. To store (honey) in a hive.
  • transitive v. To store up; accumulate.
  • intransitive v. To enter and occupy a beehive.
  • intransitive v. To live with many others in close association.
  • hive off To set apart from a group: hived off the department into another division.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A structure for housing a swarm of honeybees.
  • n. The bees of one hive; a swarm of bees.
  • n. A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd.
  • n. A section of the registry.
  • v. To enter or possess a hive.
  • v. To form a hive-like entity.
  • v. To collect into a hive.
  • v. To store in a hive or similarly.
  • v. To take shelter or lodgings together; to reside in a collective body.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A box, basket, or other structure, for the reception and habitation of a swarm of honeybees.
  • n. The bees of one hive; a swarm of bees.
  • n. A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd.
  • transitive v. To collect into a hive; to place in, or cause to enter, a hive.
  • transitive v. To store up in a hive, as honey; hence, to gather and accumulate for future need; to lay up in store.
  • intransitive v. To take shelter or lodgings together; to reside in a collective body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An artificial shelter or cell for the habitation of a swarm of honey-bees; a place in which bees harbor and lay up honey.
  • n. A bonnet or hat shaped like a beehive.
  • n. A swarm of bees, or the bees inhabiting a hive.
  • n. The abode of any animal.
  • n. Figuratively, a place swarming with busy occupants; a bustling company.
  • To gather into a hive; cause to enter a hive: as, to hive bees.
  • To stow, as in a place of deposit; lay up in store for future use or enjoyment.
  • To enter a hive; take to a hive, as bees; take shelter or lodgings together, in the manner of bees.
  • n. In oyster-culture, an artificial bed prepared for spat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree
  • n. a teeming multitude
  • v. move together in a hive or as if in a hive
  • v. gather into a hive
  • n. a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees
  • v. store, like bees

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English hȳf.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hyfe, from Old English hȳf, from Proto-Germanic *hūfiz (compare Dutch huif ‘beehive’, Danish dialect huv ‘ship's hull’), from Proto-Indo-European *kuHp- (“water vessel”) (compare Latin cūpa ‘tub, vat’, Ancient Greek κύπη (kyphē) ‘gap, hole’, κύπελλον (kýpellon) ‘beaker’, Sanskrit kū́pa ‘cave’), from *kew- (“to bend, curve”). The computing term was chosen as an in-joke relating to bees; see . (Wiktionary)

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  • "In oyster-culture, an artificial bed prepared for spat." --CD&C

    October 25, 2011

  • I'll hive that money for them or bust. HF 26

    December 7, 2006