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
There, they pasted small blobs and specks of dung around hive entrances.Honeybees fend off deadly hornets by decorating hives with poop | Asher Jones | January 19, 2021 | Science News For Students
Another approach is to swarm the exterior of a hive, after which the mass of bees does the “wave” — a coordinated series of rippling movements.Honeybees fend off deadly hornets by decorating hives with poop | Asher Jones | January 19, 2021 | Science News For Students
Now researchers have found a genetic link to the hypersensitivity, which, while rarely fatal, can cause hives, wheezing, arrythmias and more.Penicillin allergies may be linked to one immune system gene | Jeanne Erdmann | November 9, 2020 | Science News
He leaned into Champs’ reputation as a social hive for college students, reducing his inventory of expensive craft beers and loading up on liquor.Football is back in Happy Valley. The coronavirus never left. | Kent Babb | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
When honeybee hives die, the most common cause is something called queen bee failure.Learning what stresses queen bees could save their hives | Sharon Oosthoek | October 30, 2020 | Science News For Students
The first time old Deacon Gibson, a local preacher, had been hiving a swarm of bees when Nicodemus arrived on the scene.Red Dynamite | Roy J. Snell
We meantime will gather up a few strays that even under these circumstances appear worth hiving.William Blake | Algernon Charles Swinburne
There was a dull murmurous commotion afar off, such as bees make when they are hiving.Golden Stories | Various
When the bees cluster again on the tree, the process of hiving must be repeated.Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee | L. L. Langstroth
Clement feared nothing, but he had seen few face a hiving without some distrust.Children of the Mist | Eden Phillpotts
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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