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See also: hivé and híve



From Middle English hyfe, from Old English hȳf, from Proto-Germanic *hūbī (compare Dutch huif (beehive), Danish dialect huv (ship’s hull)), from Proto-Indo-European *kuHp- (water vessel) (compare Latin cūpa (tub, vat), Ancient Greek κύπη (kúpē, gap, hole), κύπελλον (kúpellon, beaker), Sanskrit कूप (kū́pa, cave)), from *kew- (to bend, curve). The computing term was chosen as an in-joke relating to bees; see [1].



hive (plural hives)

  1. A structure, whether artificial or natural, for housing a swarm of honeybees.
    • Dryden, Virgil's Georgics IV.10-13:
      First, for thy Bees a quiet Station find,
      And lodge 'em under Covert of the Wind:
      For Winds, when homeward they return, will drive
      The loaded Carriers from their Ev'ning Hive.
  2. The bees of one hive; a swarm of bees.
    • Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act I, Scene iii:
      When that the general is not like the hive, to whom the foragers shall all repair, what honey is expected?
  3. A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd.
    • Tennyson, Boadicea:
      There the hive of Roman liars worship a gluttonous emperor-idiot.
  4. (computing, Microsoft Windows) A section of the registry.
    • 2006, Jean Andrews, Fixing Windows XP, page 352:
      Windows builds the registry from the five registry hives []
    • 2011, Samuel Phung, Professional Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0
      For devices built with hive-based registry implementation, the registry data are broken into three different hives — the boot hive, system hive, and user hive.

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hive (third-person singular simple present hives, present participle hiving, simple past and past participle hived)

  1. (intransitive, entomology) To enter or possess a hive.
  2. (intransitive) To form a hive-like entity.
  3. (transitive) To collect into a hive.
    to hive a swarm of bees
  4. (transitive) To store in a hive or similarly.
    • Byron
      Hiving wisdom with each studious year.
  5. (intransitive) To take shelter or lodgings together; to reside in a collective body.
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene v[2]:
      The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder,
      Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day
      More than the wild-cat; drones hive not with me;
      Therefore I part with him; and part with him
      To one what I would have him help to waste
      His borrowed purse. []
    • Pope
      [] to get into warmer houses, and hive together in cities

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