\ 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 Dara Bliss Davenport, a chef and partner at Loi Brand, notes that the color can vary from bottle to bottle even for honey from the same hive. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Sustainable, versatile, global, delicious: Honey's got buzz," 24 Feb. 2020 A few years before Delta introduced new uniforms, American and Alaska had rolled out new uniforms by manufacturer Twin Hill that thousands of flight attendants alleged caused a number of illnesses, from severe hives to respiratory problems. oregonlive, "Flight attendants allege uniforms are making them sick," 14 Jan. 2020 Produced with the assistance of @WillHaskellCT That’s beeswax from the hives on the left. Eliza Fawcett,, "Who is Rep. Jim Himes? The sixth-term Connecticut congressman is gaining attention in the impeachment hearings," 20 Nov. 2019 The juveniles allegedly destroyed 50 hives at the Wild Hill Honey business in Sioux City, exposing the hundreds of thousands of bees to bitter cold. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Two kids are charged with the ‘senseless’ killing of a half million bees in Iowa," 18 Jan. 2018 The OVO Sound hive lit up last night as the 6ix God, Drake, shared a brand new project called Dark Lane Demo Tapes after midnight. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "Drake's "Dark Lane Demo Tapes" Release Is A Prelude To A New Album," 1 May 2020 Other problems like hives have also been linked to the coronavirus, but Covid toes have been the most common and striking skin manifestation. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "What Is ‘Covid Toe’? Maybe a Strange Sign of Coronavirus Infection," 1 May 2020 The findings also highlight the dangers of putting commercial hives too close together. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Deadly virus turns honey bees into Trojan horses," 28 Apr. 2020 In fact, there's an entire hive of people out there who want them to date, even though Pope is in love with Kiara, and the two shared a kiss in the season one finale. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Outer Banks Fan Theory Suggests Kiara Ends Up With JJ—Not Pope," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 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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