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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 In this case, these scientists used a single layer of boron and nitrogen atoms in a honeycomb pattern. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "5G Is Irresistible, but It Obliterates Your Phone Battery," 1 June 2020 Simply put, the device filtered the exhaust through tiny passages in a ceramic honeycomb coated with a combination of various oxides, platinum, and rhodium. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "John J. Mooney, inventor of the catalytic converter," 28 June 2020 The company’s innovative mattresses are made with a hyper-elastic polymer (which feels like silicone) that’s been formed into a honeycomb-like grid, allowing for better airflow so that hot sleepers wake up feeling less clammy. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 8 best Memorial Day bedding sales and deals of 2020," 20 May 2020 Clockwise from top left: chocolate chip, blueberry with poppy seeds, citrus-honeycomb,and strawberry-rhubarb scones from Sqirl pastry chef Catalina Flores. Los Angeles Times, "Sqirl’s famous scone recipe is now yours for the baking," 29 Apr. 2020 The right structure for native bees look sort of like a birdhouse, or even a honeycomb, with lots of small tubes packed tightly together. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "A Bee House Belongs in Your Yard Right Now—Here's How to Clean It," 23 Apr. 2020 Conventional volleyballs have six panels, but more recent designs have eight panels, a hexagonal honeycomb pattern, or dimples. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics holds the secret to volleyball’s highly unpredictable “float serve”," 14 Nov. 2019 Additional honeycomb air outlets now run uninterrupted across its tail and over a larger rear diffuser bookended by gargantuan oval exhaust pipes. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Audi R8 Spyder Was Made to Chase Sunsets," 15 Apr. 2020 When the pumps that had been keeping the mines dry were shut off, a 10,000-mile honeycomb of mines under the city quickly flooded and the Berkeley Pit filled. Kathleen Mclaughlin, Anchorage Daily News, "A once-powerful Montana mining town warily awaits final cleanup of its toxic past," 12 Feb. 2020 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, "Home of the Week: For $4.3 million, an oceanside Gloucester mansion with modern flair," 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, "Castle Rock State Park: Grand new $8.7 million entrance opens to public," 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, "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

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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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“Honeycomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeycomb. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of honeycomb

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


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