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.
verb (used with object), hived, hiving.
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.
verb (used without object), hived, hiving.
(of bees) to enter a hive.
to live together in or as in a hive.
Verb phrases
hive off, British. to become transferred from the main body of a commercial or industrial enterprise through the agency of new ownership.

before 900; Middle English; Old English hȳf; akin to Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa vat

hiveless, adjective
hivelike, adjective
hiver, noun

4. hub, center. Unabridged
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hive (haɪv)
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
6.  to cause (bees) to collect or (of bees) to collect inside a hive
7.  to live or cause to live in or as if in a hive
8.  (tr) (of bees) to store (honey, pollen, etc) in the hive
9.  (tr; often foll by up or away) to store, esp for future use: he used to hive away a small sum every week
[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 & History

O.E. hyf, from P.Gmc. *khufiz (cf. O.N. hufr "hull of a ship"), from PIE *keup- "round container, bowl" (cf. Skt. kupah "hollow, pit, cave," Gk. kypellon "cup," L. cupa "tub, cask, vat"). Figurative sense of "swarming, busy place" is from 1634.
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Example sentences
These worker bees keep the development hive buzzing with high-volume activity.
Having no hive to defend, they're not aggressive and rarely sting.
They are out of place in this hive of busy industry, and they know it.
Researchers end up pollinating other projects with insights and ideas, within a
  hive of serendipitous collaboration.
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