Definition of hive
1a : a container for housing honeybeesb : the usually aboveground nest of bees
2 : a colony of bees
3 : a place swarming with activity
hivelessplay \ˈhīv-ləs\ adjective
Examples of hive in a Sentence
The house was a hive of activity as we prepared for the party.
Recent Examples of hive from the Web
But the logic all but falls apart every time one of those honeybees gets stung by the anachronistic expectation of female behavior that rules the Southern Charm hive.
There's not much a home gardener can do to stem the loss of commercial honeybee hives.
Our hive mind isn’t without merit — there’s something about this striking combo that makes people take notice.
Symptom include hives, shortness of breath and can lead to an anaphylactic reaction.
One of the points in the video that provoked a strong response from Smith’s family showed Heaggan-Brown pulling Smith by his legs a short distance from where he was shot to get him away from a bee hive, his body appearing lifeless.
Councilman Mark Kalwinski, D-1st, said another community in Lake County has, in its bee ordinance, language saying the hives must be kept 200 feet away from an adjoining property.
In this Sept. 14, 2014 photo, honeybees work in a hive located in an apple grove at Hartland Orchard, a family farm near the the Blue Ridge Mountains in Markham, Va.
The number of commercial hives has held fairly steady since 1996, but the annual die-off rate – which used to be about 10 to 15 percent of colonies every winter – is now closer to 20 to 40 percent.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of hive
1 of bees : to enter and take possession of a hive
2 : to reside in close association
1 : to collect into a hive
2 : to store up in or as if in a hive
First Known Use of hive
HIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hive for English Language Learners
: a nest for bees
: the bees living in a hive
: a place filled with busy activity
HIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of hive for Students
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
Medical Definition of hive
: the raised edematous red patch of skin or mucous membrane characteristic of hives : an urticarial wheal
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