- any of various eruptive conditions of the skin, as the wheals of urticaria.
Origin of hives
- to gather into or cause to enter a hive.
- to shelter as in a hive.
- to store up in a hive.
- to store or lay away for future use or enjoyment.
- (of bees) to enter a hive.
- to live together in or as in a hive.
- hive off, British. to become transferred from the main body of a commercial or industrial enterprise through the agency of new ownership.
Origin of hive
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Examples from the Web for hives
That kind of slightly over-anxious, wrapping up of objects in connoisseurship brings me out in hives.The Writer and the Potter: Edmund De Waal on his New York Debut
September 12, 2013
Despite the problems, the number of hives hasn't fallen since CCD first showed up in 2006.
Because beekeepers have responded to the loss of hives by creating new ones.
He is financially successful and his only debt is school loans but the thought of a household budget spreadsheet gives him hives.Ask the Blogger
November 26, 2012
I refer here mostly to the debt-ceiling fiasco, the thought of which still gives me hives.Michael Tomasky on What Sullivan and Frum Get Wrong About Obama
January 26, 2012
Forty or fifty hives are then laid in a cart, and the owner takes them to distant places where the bees may feed and work.
Merely by thrusting them forth from the hives, into the Outer Cold!
Already our hives reach into the Earth a distance of eight miles.
It's like bees; they leave their hives on the decease of any person.Madame Bovary
One very cold winter I wrapped up one of my hives with a shawl.Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers
- (functioning as singular or plural) pathol a nontechnical name for urticaria
- a structure in which social bees live and rear their young
- a colony of social bees
- a place showing signs of great industry (esp in the phrase a hive of activity)
- a teeming crowd; multitude
- an object in the form of a hive
- to cause (bees) to collect or (of bees) to collect inside a hive
- to live or cause to live in or as if in a hive
- (tr) (of bees) to store (honey, pollen, etc) in the hive
- (tr; often foll by up or away) to store, esp for future usehe used to hive away a small sum every week
Word Origin and History for hives
c.1500 hyvis "itchy condition of the skin," origin unknown. Some writers connect it with heave because hives erupt out from the skin, but the phonetics of that are difficult to explain.
Old English hyf "beehive," from Proto-Germanic *hufiz (cf. Old Norse hufr "hull of a ship"), from PIE *keup- "round container, bowl" (cf. Sanskrit kupah "hollow, pit, cave," Greek kypellon "cup," Latin cupa "tub, cask, vat"). Figurative sense of "swarming, busy place" is from 1630s. As a verb, of bees, etc., "to form themselves into a hive," c.1400; "to put bees in a hive," mid-15c.
- A skin condition characterized by transient, itching welts, usually resulting from an allergic reaction.