hive mind

noun
\ ˈhīv-ˌmīnd How to pronounce hive mind (audio) \
variants: or less commonly hivemind

Definition of hive mind

1 : the collective mental activity expressed in the complex, coordinated behavior of a colony of social insects (such as bees or ants) regarded as comparable to a single mind controlling the behavior of an individual organism The tiny bees in a hive are more or less unaware of their colony, but their collective hive mind transcends their small bee minds.— Sven Birkerts and Kevin Kelly
2 : the collective thoughts, ideas, and opinions of a group of people (such as Internet users) regarded as functioning together as a single mind … Mindy Kaling asks her Twitter followers for the best dinner spots in cities she's visiting. Generally, people trust that feedback from the hive mind is correct and well-informed.— Sarah Z. Wexler While the building was being renovated, Jackson and his wife turned the design of the studio kitchen over to the hive mind of the staff.— Mark Healy … It's just not rational to believe that people are able to read, let alone understand, all the privacy policies …. Instead, users now rely on the Internet hivemind to know if a particularly egregious privacy change is afoot.— Andrea Peterson

Examples of hive mind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hopper and Joyce do their part in Russia, weakening the hive mind further by attacking from that end. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 July 2022 So Joyce and Hopper figure out how to fight the hive mind from Russia: by breaking back into the prison and killing the Russian's piece of the Mind Flayer with Yuri's super-convenient flamethrower. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 July 2022 This wound to the hive mind allows Eleven to overcome Vecna in Max's mind and Nancy, Steve, and Robin's onslaught to eviscerate him in the Upside Down. Randall Colburn, EW.com, 4 July 2022 Working as if controlled by a hive mind, the Formula 1 crews made the GOSH staff look like monkeys fighting over ventilator tubes. Shane Snow, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The almighty Mind Flayer was framed as the Queen Bee, the center of a vast hive mind which seems to connect every inhabitant of the Upside Down, whose instincts were clearly predatory, but ultimately, unknown. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 3 July 2022 The bat-distraction plan goes well until the Upside Down hive mind senses danger, and heads back to the Creel House. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 July 2022 As the embodiment of the Eurasia Group’s consulting hive mind, Bremmer is an authority on all things. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, 17 May 2022 In that sense, Libs of TikTok is a collective, molded to the hive mind of the right-wing internet. Taylor Lorenz, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hive mind

1958, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Aug 2022

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“Hive mind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hive%20mind. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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