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 .
hive (plural hives)
- 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: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.
- The bees of one hive; a swarm of bees.
- c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- When that the general is not like the hive, to whom the foragers shall all repair, what honey is expected?
- A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd.
- (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.
- (intransitive) To take shelter or lodgings together; to reside in a collective body.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
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. […]
- hiva (a infinitive)
- “hive” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.