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hive

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noun \ˈhīv\

Simple Definition of hive

  • : a nest for bees

  • : the bees living in a hive

  • : a place filled with busy activity

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hive

  1. 1 a :  a container for housing honeybees b :  the usually aboveground nest of bees

  2. 2 :  a colony of bees

  3. 3 :  a place swarming with activity

hiveless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of hive in a sentence

  1. The house was a hive of activity as we prepared for the party.



Origin and Etymology of hive

Middle English, from Old English hȳf; perhaps akin to Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa tub, Sanskrit kūpa cave


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hive

verb

Definition of hive

hived

hiving

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 of bees :  to enter and take possession of a hive

  3. 2 :  to reside in close association

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to collect into a hive

  6. 2 :  to store up in or as if in a hive



14th Century

First Known Use of hive

14th century


HIVE Defined for Kids

hive

play
noun \ˈhīv\

Definition of hive for Students

  1. 1 :  a container for housing honeybees

  2. 2 :  the usually aboveground nest of bees

  3. 3 :  a colony of bees

  4. 4 :  a place filled with busy people




Medical Dictionary

hive

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noun \ˈhīv\

Medical Definition of hive

  1. :  the raised edematous red patch of skin or mucous membrane characteristic of hives :  an urticarial wheal




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