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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].


  • 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), 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.
  3. A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd.
    • (Can we date this quote by Tennyson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), 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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Byron and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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. []
    • 1725, Alexander Pope, letter to Martha Blount
      [] to get into warmer houses, and hive together in cities

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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