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 .
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /haɪv/
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- Rhymes: -aɪv
hive (plural hives)
- 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.
- 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, [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.
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- To form a hive-like entity.
- 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
- (entomology) Of insects: to enter or possess a hive.
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- hiva (a infinitive)
- “hive” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.