Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A structure of hexagonal, thin-walled cells constructed from beeswax by honeybees to hold honey and larvae.
  • n. Something resembling this structure in configuration or pattern.
  • transitive v. To fill with holes or compartments; riddle: cliffs that were honeycombed with caves and grottoes.
  • transitive v. To form in or cover with a pattern like that of a honeycomb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A structure of hexagonal cells made by bees primarily of wax, to hold their larvae and for storing the honey to feed the larvae and to feed themselves during winter.
  • n. Any structure resembling a honeycomb.
  • n. voids left in concrete resulting from failure of the mortar to effectively fill the spaces among coarse aggregate particles.
  • n. Manufactured material used manufacture light, stiff structural components using a sandwich design.
  • v. To riddle something with holes, especially in such a pattern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mass of hexagonal waxen cells, formed by bees, and used by them to hold their honey and their eggs.
  • n. Any substance, as a easting of iron, a piece of worm-eaten wood, or of triple, etc., perforated with cells like a honeycomb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fill with cells or holes, as wood or earth, by perforation or excavation, in the manner of a honeycomb.
  • n. A structure of wax of a firm texture, consisting of hexagonal cells with concave bottoms ranged side by side, formed by bees for the reception of honey and of their eggs.
  • n. Sweet one; darling: a trivial term of endearment. Compare honey, 3.
  • n. Any substance, as a casting of iron, etc., having cells like those of a honeycomb.
  • n. Specifically In mammalogy, the reticulum or second stomach of a ruminant. See cut under ruminant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. penetrate thoroughly and into every part
  • n. a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae
  • n. a framework of hexagonal cells resembling the honeycomb built by bees
  • v. carve a honeycomb pattern into
  • v. make full of cavities, like a honeycomb

Etymologies

honey +‎ comb (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Now the Guinea-hens, when they had come to listen, the day before, to the apple-woman's song, had brought each of them a grain of maize in her beak, and had thrown it into her apron; so when she got up she carried it with her gathered up there, and now she had been baking some delicious little cakes on a fire of dry sticks that the river had drifted down, and Mopsa had taken a honeycomb from the rock, so that they all had a very nice breakfast.

    Mopsa the Fairy

  • One of the most stinging arguments with Navair—the kind that leads people never to speak to each other again—centered on something called honeycomb.

    The Dream Machine

  • One of my grandfathers did for a while and I remember thinking the honeycomb was the best thing, ever.

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  • Ring and Kikko that may be called a honeycomb pencil.

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  • My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • But by optimizing the interactions of the "pennies," or particles, Torquato made them self-assemble into an entirely different pattern known as a honeycomb lattice called that because it very much resembles a honeycomb.

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  • The bees then deposit the concentrated nectar in a thin film on the honeycomb, which is a waxy network of hexagonal cylinders about 0.20 inch/5 mm across, built up from the secretions of the wax glands of young workers.

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  • Fresh, new comb is sometimes sold and used intact as comb honey, especially if the honey is being spread on bread rather than used in cooking or to sweeten tea. Honeycomb is edible all by itself, and has been called "the beekeeper's lunch".
    _Wikipedia

    February 17, 2008