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hives

[hahyvz] /haɪvz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Pathology
1.
any of various eruptive conditions of the skin, as the wheals of urticaria.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; orig. Scots; of obscure origin

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
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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Examples from the web for hives
  • Such changes to the industry have been reflected in the prices for bee hives.
  • Beekeepers have known for centuries that hives make a different sound when someone removes the queen.
  • It makes him break out in hives and could cause more serious reactions if he's not careful.
  • These social insects construct hives by chewing wood into a papery construction pulp.
  • Honeybee hives have long provided humans with honey and beeswax.
  • The worker bees that make hives run simply disappeared, their bodies never to be found.
  • Key symptoms include hives, hoarse voice, and wheezing.
  • Once the domain of hobbyists with a handful of backyard hives, beekeeping has become increasingly commercial and consolidated.
  • The program director and fund-raiser breaks out in hives and gets an itchy mouth if she eats them.
  • Avoid rapid, jerky movements around insect hives or nests.
British Dictionary definitions for hives

hives

/haɪvz/
noun
1.
(functioning as singular or pl) (pathol) a nontechnical name for urticaria
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin

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 hives
n.

c.1500 hyvis "itchy condition of the skin," origin unknown. Some writers connect it with heave because hives erupt out from the skin, but the phonetics of that are difficult to explain.

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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hives in Medicine

hives (hīvz)
pl.n.
See urticaria.

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hives in Science
hives
  (hīvz)   
A skin condition characterized by transient, itching welts, usually resulting from an allergic reaction.
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hives in Culture

hives definition


A condition characterized by the sudden appearance of red, raised areas on the skin that itch severely. Hives may be caused by an allergic reaction (see allergy) to foods or other substances.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hives

hive

verb

To understand (1935+ West Point)


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