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See also: hivé and híve



From Middle English hyve, from Old English hȳf, from Proto-West Germanic *hūfi (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].


  • IPA(key): /haɪv/
  • Rhymes: -aɪv
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hive (plural hives)

  1. A structure, whether artificial or natural, for housing a swarm of honeybees.
    • 1697, “(please specify the book number)”, in Virgil; John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      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.
  3. A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd.
  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.
  5. (intransitive) To take shelter or lodgings together; to reside in a collective body.

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. []

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From English heave, from Middle English heven, hebben, from Old English hebban, from Proto-Germanic *habjaną (to take up, lift). Doublet of hevja.


hive (present tense hiv, past tense heiv, past participle hive, present participle hivande, imperative hiv)

  1. (transitive) to lift, heave, tow
  2. (transitive) to throw