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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hivehaɪv(n.; v.)hived, hiv•ing.

  1. (n.)a shelter constructed for housing a colony of honeybees; beehive.

    Category: Entomology, Animal Husbandry

  2. the colony of bees inhabiting a hive.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  3. something resembling a beehive in structure or use.

  4. a place swarming with busy occupants:

    a hive of industry.

  5. a swarming or teeming multitude.

  6. (v.t.)to gather into or cause to enter a hive.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  7. to store up in a hive.

  8. to store or lay away for future use or enjoyment.

  9. (v.i.)(of bees) to enter a hive.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  10. to live together in or as if in a hive.

  11. hive off, to separate or remove from a group.

    Category: British, Verb Phrase

Origin of hive:

bef. 900; ME; OE hȳf; akin to ON hūfr ship's hull, L cūpa vat

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hive(noun)

    a teeming multitude

  2. beehive, hive(noun)

    a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees

  3. beehive, hive(verb)

    a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree

  4. hive(verb)

    store, like bees

    "bees hive honey and pollen"; "He hived lots of information"

  5. hive(verb)

    move together in a hive or as if in a hive

    "The bee swarms are hiving"

  6. hive(verb)

    gather into a hive

    "The beekeeper hived the swarm"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hive(noun)ɪv

    a place that bees live, or the group of bees living there

    honey in the hive; the hive's behavior


  1. hive(Noun)

    A structure for housing a swarm of honeybees.

  2. hive(Noun)

    The bees of one hive; a swarm of bees.

  3. hive(Noun)

    A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd.

  4. hive(Noun)

    A section of the registry.

  5. hive(Verb)

    To enter or possess a hive.

  6. hive(Verb)

    To form a hive-like entity.

  7. hive(Verb)

    To collect into a hive.

  8. hive(Verb)

    To store in a hive or similarly.

  9. Origin: From hyfe, from hyf, from hūfiz (compare Dutch huif ‘beehive’, Danish dialect huv ‘ship's hull’), from kuhₓp- ‘water vessel’ (compare Latin cupa ‘tub, vat’, Ancient Greek κύπη ‘gap, hole’, κύπελλον ‘beaker’, Sanskrit ‘cave’), from ‘to bend, curve’. The computing term was chosen as an in-joke relating to bees; see .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hive(noun)

    a box, basket, or other structure, for the reception and habitation of a swarm of honeybees

  2. Hive(noun)

    the bees of one hive; a swarm of bees

  3. Hive(noun)

    a place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd

  4. Hive(verb)

    to collect into a hive; to place in, or cause to enter, a hive; as, to hive a swarm of bees

  5. Hive(verb)

    to store up in a hive, as honey; hence, to gather and accumulate for future need; to lay up in store

  6. Hive(verb)

    to take shelter or lodgings together; to reside in a collective body


  1. HIVE

    HIVE is an abstract game programming library. It is designed to be simple and easy to understand. As of now, it is only for Microsoft Windows and C/C++.

Translations for HIVE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a box etc where bees live and store up honey

He's building a hive so that he can keep bees.

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