\ ˈhīv How to pronounce hive (audio) \

Definition of hive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a container for housing honeybees
b : the usually aboveground nest of bees
2 : a colony of bees
3 : a place swarming with activity


hived; hiving

Definition of hive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from hive


hiveless \ ˈhīv-​ləs How to pronounce hiveless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hive in a Sentence

Noun The house was a hive of activity as we prepared for the party.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Firefighters and a professional beekeeper climbed a ladder to remove the hive, which was on the roof of a four-story Hampton Inn. Francisco Guzman And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A swarm of nearly 40,000 bees attacked police responding to a single bee sting report," 21 Feb. 2020 When exposed to even the smallest amount of peanut, children with allergies can experience severe reactions, including hives, swelling, and fainting. TheWeek, "February 6, 2020," 6 Feb. 2020 On average, children can experience hives, wheezing or worse from just a 30th of a single peanut, sometimes even less, said Dr. Hemant Sharma, who leads oral treatment studies at Children’s National Hospital in Washington. Lauran Neergaard, Anchorage Daily News, "FDA approves first treatment for kids with peanut allergy," 1 Feb. 2020 Those can develop quickly, sometimes within seconds, ranging from hives, redness or swelling of the skin to digestive discomfort to such dangerous reaction as construction of the throat and airways and loss of adequate blood flow to vital organs. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "FDA approves first drug for treatment of peanut allergy in children," 1 Feb. 2020 Side effects were abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, tingling in the mouth, itching, cough, runny nose, throat irritation and tightness, hives, wheezing and shortness of breath and anaphylaxis (serious, life-threatening allergic reaction). Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Do you know a child with a peanut allergy? The FDA just approved a treatment drug," 1 Feb. 2020 Based on those studies, the potential side effects of Palforzia include abdominal pain, itching, tingling in the mouth, nausea, vomiting, cough, runny nose, throat irritation, tightness, hives, wheezing, shortness of breath and anaphylaxis. Jamie Primeau, NBC News, "1st peanut allergy drug for children approved by FDA," 1 Feb. 2020 Beekeeper and owner of Pottsy's Pollination, Mike Potts, said that the hives, which are used to pollinate almond orchards just south of Yuba City, were discovered missing on Jan. 17. Fox News, "Nearly 100 beehives stolen from California orchard; beekeeper tells thief to buzz off," 26 Jan. 2020 Appetizers are the first dinner party element that cause me to break out in stress-hives. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "How to Zhuzh Up Jarred Artichokes (And Also How to Spell Zhuzh)," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hive


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hive


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

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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hive

: a nest for bees
: the bees living in a hive
: a place filled with busy activity


\ ˈhīv How to pronounce hive (audio) \

Kids Definition of hive

1 : a container for housing honeybees
2 : the usually aboveground nest of bees
3 : a colony of bees
4 : a place filled with busy people


\ ˈhīv How to pronounce hive (audio) \

Medical Definition of hive

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

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