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

n a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree

Type of:
a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young

n a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees

a domed beehive made of twisted straw
Type of:
a container that is used to put or keep things in

n a teeming multitude

Type of:
concourse, multitude, throng
a large gathering of people

v gather into a hive

“The beekeeper hived the swarm”
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

v store, like bees

“bees hive honey and pollen”
“He hived lots of information”
Type of:
hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store
keep or lay aside for future use

v move together in a hive or as if in a hive

“The bee swarms are hiving
Type of:
assemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet
collect in one place

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