from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of honeycomb.
  • n. A honeycomb pattern or structure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ornamental pattern produced in thin material by running stitches diagonally across the fabric, and drawing up these threads so that the lozenge-shaped spaces between them shall be puffed and in relief; smocking.


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  • This shell does not prevent the interior from drying, but when this drying occurs the interior is commonly checked along the medullary rays, commonly called "honeycombing" or "hollow-horning."

    Seasoning of Wood

  • The hexagonal design makes it easy to add rooms by "honeycombing" more Hexayurts to the original structure.

    Wired Top Stories

  • It is due to the structural peculiarities that "honeycombing" occurs in rapid seasoning, that checks or cracks extend radially and follow pith rays, that tangent or "bastard" cut stock shrinks and warps more than that which is quarter-sawn.

    Seasoning of Wood

  • The FireFly infrastructure has been deployed in one of the many coalmines honeycombing the Pittsburgh area.

    Turning the world into a sensor network

  • There are hundreds of them honeycombing this hillside.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • The Disney Imagineers have tried to cope with the climate by honeycombing the place with covered walkways and putting log-burning fireplaces in the restaurants.

    And Now, Goofy Goes Gallic

  • Despite the various fifth columnists portrayed in films and books (and a few in real life), despite the honeycombing of the establishment by Communist agents, those past wars were essentially external ones.

    The struggle continues

  • "This is what the Construction Ministry is busy building in real life: bridges to uninhabited islands, roads to nowhere honeycombing the mountains, and gigantic overpasses to facilitate access to minute country lanes."

    Taking On The Machine

  • One causes a "swiss cheese" effect, honeycombing existing bone.


  • They saw shadowy caves along the way, and tunnels honeycombing the cliff every which way.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns


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