Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A hive for bees.
  • noun A very busy place.
  • noun A woman's hairstyle in which the hair is arranged in a tall, rounded peak on top of the head.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A case or box serving as a habitation for bees. See hive.
  • noun The common name of a species of medic, Medicago scutellata, from the shape of its spirally coiled pod.
  • noun A covered cup or jug for holding honey, sugar, etc.
  • noun [capitalized] In astronomy, a name for Præsepe, the cluster of stars in Cancer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A hive for a swarm of bees. Also used figuratively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An enclosed structure in which some species of honey bees (genus Apis) live and raise their young.
  • noun A man-made structure in which bees are kept for their honey.
  • noun figuratively Any place full of activity, or in which people are very busy.
  • noun A women's hairstyle, popular in the 1960s, in which long hair is styled into a hive-shaped form on top of the head and usually held in place with lacquer.
  • noun A type of anti-personnel ammunition round containing flechettes, and characterised by the buzzing sound made as they fly through the air.

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

  • noun any workplace where people are very busy
  • noun a hairdo resembling a beehive
  • noun a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree
  • noun a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From bee +‎ hive.

Examples

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  • The Beehive—The New Zealand government.

    January 10, 2008

  • a figurative figure used in multiple, diverse senses - hairdo & activity

    February 21, 2011