See also: hivé and híve

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Etymology

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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). Doublet of coupe, cup, and keeve. The computing term was chosen as an in-joke relating to bees; see [1].

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hive (plural hives)

  1. A structure, whether artificial or natural, for housing a swarm of honeybees.
    • 1697, Virgil, “The Fourth Book of the Georgics”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], →OCLC, lines 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.
  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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Verb

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hive (third-person singular simple present hives, present participle hiving, simple past and past participle hived)

  1. (transitive)
    1. To collect (bees) into a hive.
      to hive a swarm of bees
    2. To store (something other than bees) in, or as if in, a hive.
  2. (intransitive)
    1. To form a hive-like entity.
    2. To take lodging or shelter together; to reside in a collective body.
      • c. 1596–1598 (date written), 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, [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. []
      • 1725, Alexander Pope, letter to Martha Blount
        [] to get into warmer houses, and hive together in cities
    3. (entomology) Of insects: to enter or possess a hive.

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Etymology

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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.

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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

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