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hive

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Pronunciation: /hʌɪv
 
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Definition of hive in English:

noun

1A beehive.
Example sentences
  • In addition, nonhumans would own what they build, such as hives and nests.
  • Move slowly, especially through overhanging vegetation and brush, to avoid disturbing nests and hives.
  • If you overwinter your hive, don't harvest all the honey from the hive.
1.1The bees in a hive.
Example sentences
  • The fly then emerges from its host, ready to infect other members of the hive.
  • Still the pod drew nearer to the hive and risked entering the swarm.
  • The state has 440,000 bee hives and beekeepers from other states drive their hives in each year to supplement them.
1.2A thing that has the domed shape of a beehive.
Example sentences
  • So, we have put the nuc into a full-size hive and are crossing our fingers.
  • As if to literalize the longing of the title, a breathtakingly extended axle-like element joins a towering wheel to a tall woven hive shape.
2A place in which people are busily occupied: the kitchen became a hive of activity
More example sentences
  • Irish roads are a hive of activity as family members crisscross the countryside en route to family events.
  • With the work complete just over a year ago, Airfield opened to the public and is now a hive of activity.
  • A lot of people now don't bother going down to the communal area, when before it used to be a hive of life.

verb

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1Place (bees) in a hive: smoke is used to subdue bees when taking and hiving a swarm
More example sentences
  • However, in getting the bees hived, one may be charged with trespassing.
  • However the bees hived over it have never seemed to thrive, and always appeared less active when compared to the other swarms hived at the same time.
1.1 [no object] (Of bees) enter a hive.
Example sentences
  • I have bees hiving between the siding and the studs by our side door.
  • According to legend, the invading Tibetans were set upon by bees hiving in the nearby woods.

Origin

Old English hȳf, of Germanic origin.

Phrasal verbs

hive something off

1
chiefly British Separate something from a larger group or organization: the printing department was hived off in a management buyout
More example sentences
  • The paper's staff haven't taken too kindly to the way in which this internet offshoot has been hived off into a separate division.
  • The logic was that police and prison officers could be freed-up for frontline duties if the job was hived off to a private company.
  • They were reserved for local and national politicians, while business leaders were hived off to an economic and social committee.

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