noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Pathology.
any of various eruptive conditions of the skin, as the wheals of urticaria.

1490–1500; orig. Scots; of obscure origin Unabridged


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]

hives (haɪvz)
(functioning as singular or plural) pathol a nontechnical name for urticaria
[C16: of uncertain origin]

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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.

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.
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Medical Dictionary

hives (hīvz)
See urticaria.

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Science Dictionary
hives   (hīvz)  Pronunciation Key 
A skin condition characterized by transient, itching welts, usually resulting from an allergic reaction.
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Cultural Dictionary

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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Example sentences
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
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