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hive

[hahyv] /haɪv/
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
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English hȳf; akin to Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa vat
Related forms
hiveless, adjective
hivelike, adjective
hiver, noun
Synonyms
4. hub, center.
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British Dictionary definitions for hived off

hive

/haɪv/
noun
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
verb
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.
(transitive) (of bees) to store (honey, pollen, etc) in the hive
9.
(transitive; often foll by up or away) to store, esp for future use: he used to hive away a small sum every week
Derived Forms
hivelike, adjective
Word Origin
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 hived off

hive

n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for hived off

hive

verb

To understand (1935+ West Point)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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