hive

1 of 2

noun

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
hiveless adjective

hive

2 of 2

verb

hived; hiving

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

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
In an unassuming industrial space in the Salt River neighborhood east of the city—once a hive of textile factories—chef Anwar Abdullatief artfully reimagines Cape Malay staples in an eight-course tasting menu at the Happy Uncles, Cape Town's first halal fine-dining restaurant. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Feb. 2024 People unfamiliar with beekeeping might think kidnapping active hives poses a high risk of being stung. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 As if that weren't already proved when Rolling Stone left her off their all-time greatest singers list and got thoroughly roasted by the Céline hive. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 7 Feb. 2024 Cold Urticaria Winter temperatures may also bring on cold urticaria, which is hives brought about by cold temperatures, Chadha explained. Julia Landwehr, Health, 4 Jan. 2024 Hadza and Yao honey hunters have formed a unique relationship with this bird species by making distinct calls, and the honeyguide reciprocates with its own calls, leading them to a hive. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2023 Food allergy symptoms in kids can include vomiting, diarrhea, hives, and eczema, among others. Anna Halkidis, Parents, 8 Feb. 2024 The corner of Rice Street and University Avenue was once a busy commercial hive, home to ground-level storefronts and office buildings besides the Ford building. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 5 Feb. 2024 As part of its expansion, the garden now features dozen of fruit trees from Dave Wilson and Four Winds nurseries, a large section devoted to fragrant herbs and several bee hives, surrounded by flowers the bees love. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of hive was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hive. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

hive

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a container for housing honeybees
b
: the usually aboveground nest of bees
c
: a colony of bees
2
: a place swarming with busy occupants

hive

2 of 2 verb
hived; hiving
1
a
: to collect into a hive
hive bees
b
: to enter and take over a hive or nesting place
2
: to live or gather in close association

Medical Definition

hive

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

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