—n. 1. a shelter constructed for housing a colony of honeybees; beehive.
2. the colony of 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.
—v.t. 1. to gather into or cause to enter a hive.
2. to shelter as in a hive.
3. to store up in a hive.
4. to store or lay away for future use or enjoyment.
—v.i. 1. (of bees) to enter a hive.
2. to live together in or as in a hive.
3. hive off,Brit.to become transferred from the main body of a commercial or industrial enterprise through the agency of new ownership.