Definitions of bee

  1. any of numerous hairy- bodied insects including social and solitary species
  2. An insect of the order Hymenoptera, and family Apidae ( the honeybees), or family Andrenidae ( the solitary bees.) See Honeybee.
  3. 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.
  4. p. p. of Be; - used for been.
  5. Pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore- topmast stays through; - called also bee blocks.
  6. 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.
  7. A four- winged insect that makes honey.
  8. BEE- LINE, the most direct road from one point to another, like the honey- laden bee's way home to the hive.
  9. 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.).
  10. An insect that collects honey and makes wax.
  11. A social honey - gathering insect.
  12. A gathering of neighbors or friends for work or amusement.
  13. 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.
  14. An insect that makes honey and wax; an industrious and careful person.