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Definitions of bee

  1. a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions
  2. any of numerous hairy- bodied insects including social and solitary species
  3. An insect of the order Hymenoptera, and family Apidae ( the honeybees), or family Andrenidae ( the solitary bees.) See Honeybee.
  4. A neighborly gathering of people who engage in united labor for the benefit of an individual or family; as, a quilting bee; a husking bee; a raising bee.
  5. p. p. of Be; - used for been.
  6. Pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore- topmast stays through; - called also bee blocks.
  7. Insect members of the superfamily Apoidea, found almost everywhere, particularly on flowers. About 3500 species occur in North America. They differ from most WASPS in that their young are fed honey and pollen rather than animal food. Honey is collected in the form of nectar from flowers and concentrated into honey by evaporation. For most people bee stings are of little significance and are treated locally; other persons, however, react with hypersensitivity putting them in serious danger. ( Borror, et al., An Introduction to the Study of Insects, 4th ed; Smith, Insects and Other Arthropods of Medical Importance, 1973, p409)
  8. An insect which stores up the pollen of flowers for food, or which makes honey and wax; the honey- bee kept in hives for the sake of its honey and wax; an industrious person; a social meeting of neighbors for some purpose; as, a spelling bee, a quilting bee, or a husking bee.
  9. An insect of the genus A pis; the honey- bee, A. mellifica, is the source of honey and wax.
  10. A four- winged insect that makes honey.
  11. BEE- LINE, the most direct road from one point to another, like the honey- laden bee's way home to the hive.
  12. An assemblage of people, generally neighbors, to unite their labors for the benefit of one individual or family. At such meetings dancing and much merriment are usually introduced at the breaking up. ( Amer.).
  13. An insect that collects honey and makes wax.
  14. A social honey - gathering insect.
  15. A gathering of neighbors or friends for work or amusement.
  16. A name common to all the insects of the genus Apis, but particularly the honey- bee; an industrious frugal person. In America, a meeting of neighbours and friends to aid a person in need, or of ladies to sew for the poor. A spelling- bee, a contest in spelling.
  17. An insect that makes honey and wax; an industrious and careful person.
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Usage examples for bee

  1. The bee awak'd- with anger wild The bee awak'd, and stung the child. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. As a horse when he has run, a dog when he has caught the game, a bee when it has made its honey, so a man when he has done a good act, does not call out for others to come and see, but he goes on to another act, as a vine goes on to produce again the grapes in season. – Selections from the Prose Works of Matthew Arnold by Matthew Arnold
  3. He and I will make a bee line for David's Store an' have a drink. – Charlie to the Rescue by R.M. Ballantyne
  4. Such a busy bee – Miss Mapp by Edward Frederic Benson
  5. He was quite absorbed in these thoughts, when suddenly a bee flew against the window and tapped, saying, 'Let me come in. – The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
  6. What millionaires- if it hadn't been for this little busy bee of a Bob Maurice! – The Martian by George Du Maurier
  7. You would have endless occupation here just looking on to see how this bee colony can find so many ways of making life hard for itself. – Letters from China and Japan by John Dewey Alice Chipman Dewey
  8. " What's the next move, Bee – The Last Woman by Ross Beeckman
  9. When a bee dies it ceases to hum." – Edgar Saltus: The Man by Marie Saltus
  10. " I was telling Queen Bee about this book," I said. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  11. The Prince that couets all to know and see, Had neede full milde and patient to bee – The Arte of English Poesie by George Puttenham
  12. I am sorry, said the bee but I can not help you. – Uncle Wiggily's Travels by Howard R. Garis
  13. Bee waited for no further instructions. – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  14. Every foot we set in Greece, we Bee desolation. – Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel by John Yeardley
  15. But honey is honey the world over; and the bee is the bee still. – Locusts and Wild Honey by John Burroughs
  16. Then the humble- bee turned his wing and shook them off. – Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales by Anonymous
  17. " I'll make a party for you, Bee she said. – Patty's Suitors by Carolyn Wells
  18. They had a file of the Bee before them. – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  19. Father was asked to talk to them and among other things he asked them if a bee got honey from the flowers. – My Boyhood by John Burroughs
  20. " I want to sit, aside Bee he said. – Rosy by Mrs. Molesworth
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