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hive

[hahyv]
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.
verb (used with object), hived, hiving.
6.
to gather into or cause to enter a hive.
7.
to shelter as in a hive.
8.
to store up in a hive.
9.
to store or lay away for future use or enjoyment.
verb (used without object), hived, hiving.
10.
(of bees) to enter a hive.
11.
to live together in or as in a hive.
Verb phrases
12.
hive off, British. to become transferred from the main body of a commercial or industrial enterprise through the agency of new ownership.

Origin:
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.
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hive (haɪv)
 
n
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
 
vb
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]
 
'hivelike
 
adj

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hive
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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