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[hahyv] /haɪv/
a shelter constructed for housing a colony of honeybees; beehive.
the colony of bees inhabiting a hive.
something resembling a beehive in structure or use.
a place swarming with busy occupants:
a hive of industry.
a swarming or teeming multitude.
verb (used with object), hived, hiving.
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.
verb (used without object), hived, hiving.
(of bees) to enter a hive.
to live together in or as in a hive.
Verb phrases
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
before 900; Middle English; Old English hȳf; akin to Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa vat
Related forms
hiveless, adjective
hivelike, adjective
hiver, noun
4. hub, center. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hiving
Historical Examples
  • They swarmed round him like hiving bees and hovered about him like butterflies.

  • Borlase, in his Antiquities of Cornwall, p. 168, tells us of another strange practice in the hiving of Bees.

  • He meant to go as straight as a hiving bee to Marlin and if need be to follow Henderson to the lowlands of Kentucky.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • When the negro gets a religion he returns, directly as a hiving bee, to the first instincts of his people.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • When the negro gets religion he returns directly as a hiving bee to the first instincts of his people.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • The hum of talk rose up and filled the hall; it was as if a swarm of bees were hiving.

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • Two were lost, the other was followed to a tree, half a mile off; I assisted in cutting the tree, and hiving them.

  • What between hunting, and hiving, and getting the honey to market, I have very little time to long for company.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • As I had everything ready from the day before I was soon in shape to attend to the hiving.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • Once the bees are safely clustered in and on the box there is no rush about hiving them.

British Dictionary definitions for hiving


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
(transitive) (of bees) to store (honey, pollen, etc) in the hive
(transitive; often foll by up or away) to store, esp for future use: he used to hive away a small sum every week
Derived Forms
hivelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hӯf; related to Westphalian hüwe, Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa barrel, Greek kupē, Sanskrit kūpa cave
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Contemporary definitions for hiving

making one's home the focus for both social and work life

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slang; hiver, n's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for hiving



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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hiving



To understand (1935+ West Point)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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