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  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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Related Words for hiving

save, 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

    Rudyard Kipling

  • When the negro gets religion he returns directly as a hiving bee to the first instincts of his people.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for hiving


  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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  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 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 hiving



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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