A hive can be a home for bees. It’s also a whole bunch of something moving around — like a hive of eager students — which is related to the fact that so many bees live in a hive.

The word hive is most recognizable as a place where bees live, but it can be a verb that means to move together as one, like a swarm of bees. It can also describe storing a lot of things in a confined space, the way bees are packed into a hive. You might hive your stamp collection in boxes in the attic, but if bees have built a hive in the eaves you won't be able to get to them.

Definitions of hive
  1. noun
    a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree
    synonyms: beehive
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    type of:
    a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young
  2. noun
    a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees
    synonyms: beehive
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    a domed beehive made of twisted straw
    type of:
    a container that is used to put or keep things in
  3. noun
    a teeming multitude
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    type of:
    concourse, multitude, throng
    a large gathering of people
  4. verb
    gather into a hive
    “The beekeeper hived the swarm”
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    type of:
    collect, garner, gather, pull together
    assemble or get together
  5. verb
    store, like bees
    “bees hive honey and pollen”
    “He hived lots of information”
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    type of:
    hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store
    keep or lay aside for future use
  6. verb
    move together in a hive or as if in a hive
    “The bee swarms are hiving
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    type of:
    assemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet
    collect in one place
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