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hive

[hahyv]
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noun
  1. a shelter constructed for housing a colony of honeybees; beehive.
  2. the colony of bees inhabiting a hive.
  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.
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verb (used with object), hived, hiv·ing.
  1. to gather into or cause to enter a hive.
  2. to shelter as in a hive.
  3. to store up in a hive.
  4. to store or lay away for future use or enjoyment.
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verb (used without object), hived, hiv·ing.
  1. (of bees) to enter a hive.
  2. to live together in or as in a hive.
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Verb Phrases
  1. hive off, British. to become transferred from the main body of a commercial or industrial enterprise through the agency of new ownership.
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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

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

hive off

verb (adverb)
  1. to transfer or be transferred from a larger group or unit
  2. (usually tr) to transfer (profitable activities of a nationalized industry) back to private ownership
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hive

noun
  1. a structure in which social bees live and rear their young
  2. a colony of social bees
  3. a place showing signs of great industry (esp in the phrase a hive of activity)
  4. a teeming crowd; multitude
  5. an object in the form of a hive
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verb
  1. to cause (bees) to collect or (of bees) to collect inside a hive
  2. to live or cause to live in or as if in a hive
  3. (tr) (of bees) to store (honey, pollen, etc) in the hive
  4. (tr; often foll by up or away) to store, esp for future usehe used to hive away a small sum every week
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Derived Formshivelike, 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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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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