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  Dictionary Definition of hive

1. an artificial shelter for honeybees; a beehive.
2. the bees inhabiting a hive.
3. something resembling a beehive in structure or use.
4. a place swarming with busy occupants: a hive of industry.
5. a swarming or teeming multitude.
-- verb ( hived, hiving )
-- verb (t)
6. to gather into or cause to enter a hive.
7. to shelter as in a hive.
8. to store up in a hive.
9. to lay up for future use or enjoyment.
-- verb (i)
10. to enter a hive.
11. to live together in a hive.
-- phrase
12. hive off, a. Commerce. (of shareholders in a company) to buy (shares) in a new company being formed by the existing one. b. (of an organisation, business, etc.) to operate (one group or function) from the rest. c. to break away from a group.
[ME; OE hyf. Cf. Icel. hufr ship's hull]
-- hiveless, adjective -- hivelike, adjective