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 .
hive (plural hives)
- A structure for housing a swarm of honeybees.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- The bees of one hive; a swarm of bees.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd.
- a wretched hive of scum and villainy
- the hive of Roman liars
- (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.
- (intransitive, entomology) To enter or possess a hive.
- (intransitive) To form a hive-like entity.
- (transitive) To collect into a hive.
- to hive a swarm of bees
- (transitive) To store in a hive or similarly.
- Hiving wisdom with each studious year.
- (intransitive) To take shelter or lodgings together; to reside in a collective body.
- to get into warmer houses, and hive together in cities