hive


1hive

noun \ˈhīv\

: a nest for bees

: the bees living in a hive

: a place filled with busy activity

Full Definition of HIVE

1
a :  a container for housing honeybees
b :  the usually aboveground nest of bees
2
:  a colony of bees
3
:  a place swarming with activity
hive·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of HIVE

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

Origin 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

2hive

verb
hivedhiv·ing

Definition of HIVE

intransitive verb
1
of bees :  to enter and take possession of a hive
2
:  to reside in close association
transitive verb
1
:  to collect into a hive
2
:  to store up in or as if in a hive

First Known Use of HIVE

14th century

hive

noun \ˈhīv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HIVE

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

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