hon·​ey·​comb | \ˈhə-nē-ˌkōm \

Definition of honeycomb 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mass of hexagonal wax cells built by honeybees in their nest to contain their brood and stores of honey

2 : something that resembles a honeycomb in structure or appearance especially : a strong lightweight cellular structural material


honeycombed; honeycombing; honeycombs

Definition of honeycomb (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to be full of cavities like a honeycomb

b : to make into a checkered pattern : fret

2a : to penetrate into every part : fill

b : subvert, weaken

intransitive verb

: to become pitted, checked, or cellular

Examples of honeycomb in a Sentence


One of the honeycombs was empty.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Eric Ball used to chew on honeycombs as treat from his grandmother, and like most people, enjoys a bit of honey on his biscuits. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "How, and why, a former Cincinnati Bengals running back turned into a beekeeper," 9 July 2018 Minor changes to the Yaris sedan’s mug relative to its Yaris iA antecedent include a new honeycomb-style grille and available LED headlights. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan Revealed: iA No More," 27 Mar. 2018 The modal material is extra soft, while the honeycomb lace on the neckline and legs give this piece a hint of elegance. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Journelle's Semi-Annual Sale Is Offering 50% Off on Bras, Underwear, and More," 14 June 2018 Formic acid, another substance which occurs naturally in honey, is one of the few treatments that can kill the mites within the sealed cells of the honeycomb. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 Cali Cream sells a whopping 70 flavors dreamed up exclusively by Schulenburg and Ortiz, like lavender honeycomb and root beer float. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "22 San Diego ice cream shops where you can cool off on this very hot day," 6 July 2018 Summer scoops include Honeycomb Crunch (vanilla ice cream with chocolate honeycomb pieces and rippled with a caramel swirl), mango raspberry, peanut butter pretzel bark, peaches and caramel, and pistachio. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "One of the best ice cream parlors in the world can be found in Illinois: The Daily Meal," 27 June 2018 Some more new-gen iterations of the honeycomb are due out this fall. Vogue, "From Ana Khouri to Tasaki, A Survey of Couture Week’s Coolest Jewels," 9 July 2018 Lincoln Park Zoo 312-742-2000 That honeycomb in Lincoln Park Zoo is good for more than just an Instagram photo-op. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Get moving with these unique yoga classes in Chicago," 30 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The freshwater canals that once honeycombed through the city earned it the name the Venice of the East. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "Basra was once a jewel of a city. Now it's a symbol what's wrong in Iraq," 17 June 2018 They were honeycombed, more air than wood, chewed hollow by worms. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 But most of the residents live in brick or concrete block dwellings along alleys and stairways that honeycomb the sides of Two Brothers Mountain. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Young journalists bring the reailty of Brazil's favelas to print | Miami Herald," 17 Oct. 2017 Zinke has looked around his department and finds that it is honeycombed with traitors. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "If You Know What You're Talking About, Get Out," 26 Sep. 2017 Britain is honeycombed with secretive institutions, particularly public schools and Oxbridge colleges, which have their own private languages. The Economist, "To understand Britain, read its spy novels," 9 Sep. 2017 Morels are prized because of their unbeatable combination of flavor (full and hearty) and texture (honeycombed and sort of spongy). Daniel Neman, sacbee.com, "Fungus in the kitchen? Delicious when it’s mushrooms," 13 June 2017 Lost in the haze are the concrete-block dormitories honeycombed with closet-size rooms that house migrant workers. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "As Dubai’s Skyline Adds a Trophy, the Architect Calls It Stolen," 8 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of honeycomb


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


1735, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of honeycomb

: a group of wax cells with six sides that are built by honeybees in their hive and that contain young bees or honey


hon·​ey·​comb | \ˈhə-nē-ˌkōm \

Kids Definition of honeycomb

: a mass of wax cells built by honeybees in their nest to contain young bees and stores of honey


hon·​ey·​comb | \-ˌkōm \

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