• WordNet 3.6
    • n hives an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "super" to a beekeeper refers to the hive box where the honey is stored
    • n Hives (Med) The croup.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Any Female bee in a beehive could have been the queen if she had been fed the necessary royal jelly. All female bees in a given hive are sisters.
    • n hives Laryngitis.
    • n hives Urticaria and (loosely) other skin affections. See urticaria.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Between 20,000 and 60,000 bees live in a single hive. The queen bee lays nearly 1,500 eggs a day and lives for up to 2 years. The drone, whose only job is to mate with the queen bee, has a lifespan of around 24 days—he has no sting. Worker bees - all sterile females - usually work themselves to death within 40 days, collecting pollen and nectar. Worker bees will fly p to 9 miles to find pollen and nectar, flying at speeds as fast as 15 mph.
    • n Hives hīvz a popular term for nettle-rash and other similar skin diseases: laryngitis.
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  • Marcus Aurelius
    “That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.”


Hive of worker bees - A hive of worker bees is a group of people working actively and cooperatively. Example: The classroom was a hive of worker bees.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Scot.; perh. akin to E. heave,


In literature:

One morning the bees in one of Uncle Mark's hives seemed greatly excited.
"The Magic Speech Flower" by Melvin Hix
I can place the hives on the top of the wall.
"The Beacon Second Reader" by James H. Fassett
He was much pleased with the bee hives; they were made of wood, with glass tops, so that the bees might be seen at work.
"The Summer Holidays" by Amerel
The wind blows from the north; all the bees are home; you can shut the hive.
"The Man-Wolf and Other Tales" by Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
Without speaking, the two went through the little garden and paused before the row of neat hives.
"Then Marched the Brave" by Harriet T. Comstock
That was what Bee-hives were for; houses that other people could do without.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
There are at least some drones in the hive.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Not to puzzle you longer, he is a bee-farmer, having many hundred hives.
"The Actress in High Life" by Sue Petigru Bowen
Bees flying far from their hives and coming home late foretells fine weather.
"Weather and Folk Lore of Peterborough and District" by Charles Dack
At the end of the orchard, against a south hedge of thick holly, stood the hives.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

'The rich man feasts—and Leawood's near—
'What honey stores his golden hive!
'Go! bid him give those dying here,
'One crust to save their souls alive!'
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
The prosperous elder that always smells
Of homely joys and the cares that bless,
And the woodbine's waxen and honeyed cells,
A hive of the sweetest idleness.
"A Country Nosegay" by Alfred Austin
To every Man his Mystery,
A trade and only one:
The masons make the hives of men,
The domes of grey or dun,
But we have wrought in rose and gold
The houses of the sun.
"For Four Guilds: I. The Glass-Stainers" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
And when the rude storm overshadows the sky,
And abroad to the flowers he no longer can fly:
Still, seeking employment, he works in the hive,
In building, or keeping the young ones alive.
"The Bee" by Samuel Bamford
Then the forgotten dead at midnight come
And throng their chieftain's tomb,
Murmuring the toils o'er which they toil'd, alive,
The feats of sword and love;
And all the air thrills like a summer hive.
"A Crusader's Tomb" by Francis Turner Palgrave
I sought Him in the hives of men,
The cities grand, the hamlets gray,
The temples old beyond my ken,
The tabernacles of to-day;
All life that is, from cloud to clod
I sought. . . . Alas! I found not God.
"The Quest" by Robert W Service

In news:

The Hive and New York Drawings among October's graphic novel standouts.
Brain Hive , a pay-as-you-go e-book lending service for K-12 school libraries that launched in August, is adding new publishers' titles to its e-books lending library collection.
Crawl Inside "The Hive " With Cartoonist Charles Burns.
"The Hive " by Charles Burns.
Cuffaro designed the new Hive work station, which the school purchased for students such as Brown.
A look inside a local beekeeper's hives .
Owner Corky Luster said after the damage was discovered Wednesday he reassembled two broken hives .
Michael Morisy — editor of's new Innovation section, The Hive — met with his "beekeepers" at The Hive 's Launch party at 200 Technology Square in Kendall Square on Tuesday night.
If it's all the hives .
Mobile application developer DoubleDutch today launched Hive , a mobile workforce collaboration app with two-way integration to
The Hive is the second volume of Charles Burns' new trilogy following X'ed Out.
"I was in there to my arm, and I had a rake, a hoe, and I was like pulling out the hive so I couldn't get in any deeper," said Alvarez.
Unplug from the hive , plug into life.
Hive 's main "touch points" are to inform, connect and equip.
Part of the connecting will happen through D: hive 's new website --

In science:

In this paper we propose a simple bijective proof of associativity and commutativity of Littlewood-Richardson coefficient or the hive ring ().
A simple proof of associativity and commutativity of LR-coefficients (or the hive ring)
In is proposed a proof of this relation in the language of hives, that is establishing a bijection between two sets of pairs of functions on the triangle grid.
A simple proof of associativity and commutativity of LR-coefficients (or the hive ring)
Of course, we can define discretely concave functions on the whole lattice f : Z2 → R∪{−∞}, and due to the terminology in such functions have to be called “A2 -concave or two-dimensional polymatroidal concave function; in such functions called M ♮ -concave; discretely concave functions on ∆n called “hives” in .
A simple proof of associativity and commutativity of LR-coefficients (or the hive ring)
This approach of showing Pieri and associativity was used by Knutson, Tao and Woodward to give a proof of the hive formulation of the Littlewood-Richardson rule [KTW2].
Puzzles, Tableaux and Mosaics
An O2 driven half-filled defect state having a maximum at Γ has been hived off from the lower lying group of surface-like bands.
Modification of anatase TiO$_2$(001) surface electronic structure by Au impurity