Origin of hive

before 900; Middle English; Old English hȳf; akin to Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa vat
Related formshive·less, adjectivehive·like, adjectivehiv·er, noun

Synonyms for hive

4. hub, center.
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British Dictionary definitions for hive off

hive off

verb (adverb)

to transfer or be transferred from a larger group or unit
(usually tr) to transfer (profitable activities of a nationalized industry) back to private ownership

hive

noun

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

verb

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
Derived Formshivelike, adjective

Word Origin for hive

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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Word Origin and History for hive off

hive

n.

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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