- 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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Related Words for hivingsave, hoard, hide, stash, freeze, accumulate, stockpile, deposit, put, keep, bury, pack, amass, reap, bin, plant, treasure, squirrel, cache, park
Examples from the Web for hiving
Historical Examples of hiving
They swarmed round him like hiving bees and hovered about him like butterflies.The Ninth Vibration And Other Stories
L. Adams Beck
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
When the negro gets religion he returns directly as a hiving bee to the first instincts of his people.American Notes
- 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 for hive
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.