from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several winged, hairy-bodied, usually stinging insects of the superfamily Apoidea in the order Hymenoptera, including both solitary and social species and characterized by sucking and chewing mouthparts for gathering nectar and pollen.
- n. A bumblebee.
- n. A honeybee.
- n. A social gathering where people combine work, competition, and amusement: a quilting bee.
- idiom a bee in (one's) bonnet An impulsive, often eccentric turn of mind; a notion.
- idiom a bee in (one's) bonnet An obsession.
- n. Nautical A bee block.
- n. The letter b.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flying insect, of the superfamily Apoidea, known for their organised societies, for collecting pollen, and producing wax and honey.
- n. A contest, especially for spelling; see spelling bee.
- n. A gathering for a specific purpose, e.g. a sewing bee or a quilting bee.
- n. A ring or torque; a bracelet.
- v. Archaic spelling of be.
- n. The name of the Latin script letter B/b.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- p. p. of be; -- used for been.
- n. An insect of the order Hymenoptera, and family Apidæ (the honeybees), or family Andrenidæ (the solitary bees.) See honeybee.
- n. A neighborly gathering of people who engage in united labor for the benefit of an individual or family.
- n. Pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays through; -- called also bee blocks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An insect of the genus Apis; a hive-bee or honey-bee. See Apis.
- n. Any aculeate hymenopterous insect of the division Mellifera or Anthophila, comprising the families Apidœ and Andrenidœ, and including, besides the hive-bees of the genus Apis, the mason-bees, carpenter-bees, bumblebees, etc. See cuts under Anthophora, carpenter-bee, and Hymenoptera.
- n. An assemblage of persons who meet to engage in united labor for the benefit of an individual or a family, or in some joint amusement: so called from the combined labor of the bees of a hive: as, a quilting-bee, a husking-bee, a spelling-bee, etc.
- n. To be restless or uneasy.
- n. To be somewhat crazy.
- n. A ring of metal, usually an ornament for the arm or neck; a collar or brooch; sometimes, a finger-ring.
- n. Nautical, a ring or hoop of metal through which to reeve stays. See bee-block.
- n. [capitalized] In astronomy, the constellation generally called Apis or Musca.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
- n. a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions
_There is nothing I wouldn't do for a bee -- a reasonable bee_
We'll have a bee, and get a lot done, 'Maude said; and she pressed into the _bee_ her father and Dick, and Billy, and Fred
Mr. Changizi illustrates his message with charts and graphs and even a readout that shows how the sound measurements for a book striking a table directly or hitting a "wrinkly paper" on a table resemble the measurements for the sound of the author saying the word "bee" and the word "pee."
She has planted what she calls a "bee buffet" in her London garden, including lavender, rosemary, thyme and hawthorne, and plans to start keeping bees there soon.
Where metheglin was making he would linger round the tubs and vessels, begging a draught of what he called bee-wine.
She looks too nice a girl to have been stung by the title bee, that's all. "
Just a tip .. the resume tip may work nicely in a magical computerland, where every little worker bee from the boss to the secretary has extensive skills in the arcane and complicated art of clicking a link in an email.
The BUZZ adult spelling bee is Oct. 30 – Journal Times
Each bee is an intricate model, but scaled down it would be easy to lose a lot of the detail.
Smithsonian entomologist David Roubik points out that the stingless bee, rather than non-native species, has been essential to the pollination of tropical forest plants, and when the bee is in peril, so is the local ecology.