Pronunciation: (bē),[key] —n. 1. any hymenopterous insect of the superfamily Apoidea, including social and solitary species of several families, as the bumblebees, honeybees, etc.
2. the common honeybee, Apis mellifera. 3. a community social gathering in order to perform some task, engage in a contest, etc.: a sewing bee; a spelling bee; a husking bee. 4. have a bee in one's bonnet, a. to be obsessed with one idea.
b. to have eccentric or fanciful ideas or schemes: Our aunt obviously has a bee in her bonnet, but we're very fond of her. 5. put the bee on,Informal.to try to obtain money from, as for a loan or donation: My brother just put the bee on me for another $10. 6. the bee's knees,Older Slang.(esp. in the 1920s) a person or thing that is wonderful, great, or marvelous: Her new roadster is simply the bee's knees.
Pronunciation: (bē),[key] —n. 1. Also called bee block.Naut.a piece of hardwood, bolted to the side of a bowsprit, through which to reeve stays.
2. Obs.a metal ring or bracelet.