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.
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.
- hiveless, adjective
- hivelike, adjective
- hiver, noun
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How to use hive in a sentence
Not just the bees’ wings and bodies but also the structure of their hive.
A hatched queen might wander around the hive tooting for several days.
Bencsik and his team didn’t see this happening because they were tracking the bees from outside the hive.
The researchers pressed vibration detectors into the beeswax of one frame from each hive.
This happens when worker bees abandon their hive, eventually causing the hive to die.For teens, big problems may lead to meaningful research | Carolyn Wilke | July 28, 2020 | Science News For Students
The drones, as it were, had to rest at their stations, constantly maintaining the hive for the greater good.The Secret Soviet Power Bunker—in Latvia, a Hiding Place for the Elite | Brandon Presser | September 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When Ali Salameh arrived at Black September headquarters in Beirut, he found a hive of furious activity.Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’ | Ram Oren, Moti Kfir | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Since the mid-19th century, Sicily has been known as a hive of Mafioso activity.
This conservative, evangelical megachurch, just outside San Diego, is a hive of activity on a Sunday morning.Even After Hobby Lobby, the Religious Right is Still Terrified | Gene Robinson | July 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Burt called on his beekeeper pal, who scooped up the bees from the fencepost with his bare hands, and dumped them into a hive.Burt’s Bees Co-Founder Burt Shavitz on the Doc ‘Burt’s Buzz,’ and Losing Millions | Marlow Stern | September 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hunis versified the whole book of Genesis, calling it a hive full of honey.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The hive bee, the most communal in habit, shows the highest traits of intelligent activity.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
Within that time, a redness and swelling, like a hive or a bite, will appear at some of the scratches.The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
I felt so ornery and low down and mean that I says to myself, my mind's made up; I'll hive that money for them or bust.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
We turned out from the penny-reading like bees from a hive, openly wondering what could have become of Mr. Lake.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series | Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for hive
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 use: he used to hive away a small sum every week
- hivelike, adjective
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