hon·​ey·​comb | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌkōm How to pronounce honeycomb (audio) \

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

intransitive verb

: to become pitted, checked, or cellular

Examples of honeycomb in a Sentence

Noun One of the honeycombs was empty.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Imaginative flavors range from honeycomb and Sicilian pistachio to traditionals like vanilla bean. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 29 July 2022 If fabric shades aren't your style, Lutron also offers wooden smart blinds and honeycomb smart shades. Abigail Bailey, Good Housekeeping, 1 June 2022 Draw a honeycomb pattern on the front, and use a linoleum carving tool to etch out the design. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 15 July 2022 The interior features a similar design as the new HR-V and Civic, with a honeycomb-pattern insert stretching across the dash. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 12 July 2022 Kāma’s portable platforms fold up into the shape of honeycomb, creating a versatile space for yoga or just pulling on your boots. Sunset Magazine, 17 May 2022 The honeycomb design, meanwhile, is meant to reflect things seen in nature, such as a beehive, snake scales or even a snowflake. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 May 2022 The car’s lower back bumper has a fly honeycomb design, too, with larger dual pipes which, in theory, will provide a ballsier exhaust note. Josh Max, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 The royal accessorized her Michael Kors outfit with gold earrings that resembled a honeycomb with a bee charm. Stephanie Petit And Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The white cabinets have two thin, vertical, honeycombed windows cut into each door, and the appliances — including the gas cooktop with built-in grill — are stainless steel. John Ellement, Boston.com Real Estate, 22 Jan. 2020 For years, Castle Rock State Park on the Santa Clara-Santa Cruz county line has been known for breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, honeycombed sandstone rock formations and adventure-seeking rock climbers. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 1 Aug. 2019 The freshwater canals that once honeycombed through the city earned it the name the Venice of the East. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, 17 June 2018 They were honeycombed, more air than wood, chewed hollow by worms. Earl Swift, Outside Online, 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, 17 Oct. 2017 Zinke has looked around his department and finds that it is honeycombed with traitors. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 26 Sep. 2017 Britain is honeycombed with secretive institutions, particularly public schools and Oxbridge colleges, which have their own private languages. The Economist, 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, 13 June 2017 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Honeycomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeycomb. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for honeycomb


hon·​ey·​comb | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌkōm How to pronounce honeycomb (audio) \

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 How to pronounce honeycomb (audio) \

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