honeycomb

noun
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

honeycomb

verb
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 The tiny lacewings come packaged in a honeycomb of cardboard. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster releases 100,000 insects ... on purpose," 18 July 2019 The excellent brigand’s hat pasta, strewn with meaty honeycombs of wild morel mushrooms and withered ramps in springtime, turns into a more keenly aromatic dish by June: now it’s chanterelle mushrooms lathered in basil-intensive butter. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Spago at middle age: Is Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant still relevant?," 27 June 2019 So the architects decided to cover the wood honeycomb with glass sheets. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A school lanyard, a driver’s license, a tiny guitar. Mementos of gunshot victims to fill memorial that opens at Cultural Center next week," 11 Sep. 2019 With practiced expertise, a middle-aged beekeeper named Hatidze makes her way along a rocky cliff and pulls aside a few stones to reveal row after precious row of golden honeycomb, shimmering like treasure buried in the mountainside. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "In the documentary ‘Honeyland,’ tradition hangs in the balance," 9 Aug. 2019 The ricotta, with chunks of honeycomb, is especially creamy and subtle—the perfect farewell, and an invitation to return. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Rezdôra Brings Northern Italy to New York City," 9 Aug. 2019 Other courses include king crab with local uni, bone marrow with cabbage and curry and a marshmallow fluff dessert with rice ice cream and honeycomb. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tiniest restaurant in town: Matsu taking the nontraditional route to startup," 29 Aug. 2019 And Hangar One makes a vodka from California fog and has a portfolio that includes pink peppercorn, honeycomb, chipotle, and, of course, a rosé vodka. Fortune, "Goodbye, Orange Creamsicle Vodka: Brands Like Absolut and Ketel One Want to Get In on the Wellness Movement," 24 Aug. 2019 And we’re still suckers for Ox’s desserts, particularly the hazelnut brown butter torte with delicate chamomile ice cream and stick-to-your-teeth honeycomb candy. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Ox is a wood-fired Argentinian steakhouse in Northeast Portland (2019 review)," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

Noun

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

Verb

1735, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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honeycomb

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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

honeycomb

noun
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

honeycomb

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

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