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hon·ey·comb

 (hŭn′ē-kōm′)
n.
1. A structure of hexagonal, thin-walled cells constructed from beeswax by honeybees to hold honey and larvae.
2. Something resembling this structure in configuration or pattern.
tr.v. hon·ey·combed, hon·ey·comb·ing, hon·ey·combs
1. To fill with holes or compartments; riddle: cliffs that were honeycombed with caves and grottoes.
2. To form in or cover with a pattern like that of a honeycomb.
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honeycomb

(ˈhʌnɪˌkəʊm)
n
1. (Zoology) a waxy structure, constructed by bees in a hive, that consists of adjacent hexagonal cells in which honey is stored, eggs are laid, and larvae develop
2. something resembling this in structure or appearance
3. (Zoology) zoology another name for reticulum2
vb (tr)
4. to pierce or fill with holes, cavities, etc
5. to permeate: honeycombed with spies.
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hon•ey•comb

(ˈhʌn iˌkoʊm)
n.
1. a structure of rows of hexagonal wax cells, formed by bees in their hive for the storage of honey, pollen, and eggs.
2. anything resembling such a structure, esp. in containing many small units or holes.
3.
a. Also called waffle cloth. a fabric woven with a pattern resembling a honeycomb.
b. Also called waffle weave. the characteristic ridged weave of such a fabric.
adj.
4. having the structure or appearance of a honeycomb.
v.t.
5. to cause to be full of holes or cavities.
6. to penetrate in all parts, esp. so as to undermine: a city honeycombed with vice.
[before 1050]
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honeycomb


Past participle: honeycombed
Gerund: honeycombing

Imperative
honeycomb
honeycomb
Present
I honeycomb
you honeycomb
he/she/it honeycombs
we honeycomb
you honeycomb
they honeycomb
Preterite
I honeycombed
you honeycombed
he/she/it honeycombed
we honeycombed
you honeycombed
they honeycombed
Present Continuous
I am honeycombing
you are honeycombing
he/she/it is honeycombing
we are honeycombing
you are honeycombing
they are honeycombing
Present Perfect
I have honeycombed
you have honeycombed
he/she/it has honeycombed
we have honeycombed
you have honeycombed
they have honeycombed
Past Continuous
I was honeycombing
you were honeycombing
he/she/it was honeycombing
we were honeycombing
you were honeycombing
they were honeycombing
Past Perfect
I had honeycombed
you had honeycombed
he/she/it had honeycombed
we had honeycombed
you had honeycombed
they had honeycombed
Future
I will honeycomb
you will honeycomb
he/she/it will honeycomb
we will honeycomb
you will honeycomb
they will honeycomb
Future Perfect
I will have honeycombed
you will have honeycombed
he/she/it will have honeycombed
we will have honeycombed
you will have honeycombed
they will have honeycombed
Future Continuous
I will be honeycombing
you will be honeycombing
he/she/it will be honeycombing
we will be honeycombing
you will be honeycombing
they will be honeycombing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been honeycombing
you have been honeycombing
he/she/it has been honeycombing
we have been honeycombing
you have been honeycombing
they have been honeycombing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been honeycombing
you will have been honeycombing
he/she/it will have been honeycombing
we will have been honeycombing
you will have been honeycombing
they will have been honeycombing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been honeycombing
you had been honeycombing
he/she/it had been honeycombing
we had been honeycombing
you had been honeycombing
they had been honeycombing
Conditional
I would honeycomb
you would honeycomb
he/she/it would honeycomb
we would honeycomb
you would honeycomb
they would honeycomb
Past Conditional
I would have honeycombed
you would have honeycombed
he/she/it would have honeycombed
we would have honeycombed
you would have honeycombed
they would have honeycombed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.honeycomb - a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
beehive, hive - a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree
2.honeycomb - a framework of hexagonal cells resembling the honeycomb built by beeshoneycomb - a framework of hexagonal cells resembling the honeycomb built by bees
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
Verb1.honeycomb - carve a honeycomb pattern into; "The cliffs were honeycombed"
fret - carve a pattern into
2.honeycomb - penetrate thoroughly and into every part; "the revolutionaries honeycombed the organization"
penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"
3.honeycomb - make full of cavities, like a honeycomb
vary, alter, change - become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"
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Translations
قُرْص عَسَل
plástevplástev medu
bikage
hunajakennokennosto
vaxkaka
favofavo de mel
plást medu
bal peteği
стільник

honeycomb

[ˈhʌnɪkəʊm]
A. Npanal m (fig) → laberinto m
B. VT (fig) the hill is honeycombed with tunnelsel cerro está lleno de cuevas
the building is honeycombed with passageshay un laberinto de pasillos en el edificio
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

honeycomb

[ˈhʌnikəʊm]
n
(from beehive)rayon m de miel
(= pattern) → nid m d'abeilles, motif m alvéolé
vt
to honeycomb with → cribler de
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

honeycomb

[ˈhʌnɪˌkəʊm]
1. nfavo (fig) → disegno or struttura a nido d'ape
2. vt (fig) → sforacchiare, perforare
honeycombed with tunnels → pieno/a di gallerie
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

honey

(ˈhani) noun
1. a sweet, thick fluid made by bees from the nectar of flowers. bread and honey.
2. (especially American) darling (used when speaking to someone one loves).
ˈhoneybee noun
a bee in a hive, bred for producing honey.
ˈhoneycomb noun
the mass formed by rows of wax cells in which bees store their honey.
ˈhoneymoon noun
a holiday spent immediately after one's marriage. We went to London for our honeymoon; (also adjective) a honeymoon couple.
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References in classic literature ?
But supplementary to this, it has hypothetically occurred to me, that as ordinary fish possess what is called a swimming bladder in them, capable, at will, of distension or contraction; and as the Sperm Whale, as far as I know, has no such provision in him; considering, too, the otherwise inexplicable manner in which he now depresses his head altogether beneath the surface, and anon swims with it high elevated out of the water; considering the unobstructed elasticity of its envelop; considering the unique interior of his head; it has hypothetically occurred to me, I say, that those mystical lung-celled honeycombs there may possibly have some hitherto unknown and unsuspected connexion with the outer air, so as to be susceptible to atmospheric distension and contraction.
From the palace you could see the rows and rows of roofless houses that made up the city looking like empty honeycombs filled with blackness; the shapeless block of stone that had been an idol in the square where four roads met; the pits and dimples at street corners where the public wells once stood, and the shattered domes of temples with wild figs sprouting on their sides.
Some of the dholes, too, had fallen into the gullies that communicated with the underground caves, and there choked and fought and snapped among the tumbled honeycombs, and at last, borne up, even when they were dead, on the heaving waves of bees beneath them, shot out of some hole in the river-face, to roll over on the black rubbish-heaps.
Having tasted the honeycomb, he threw down his axe, and looking on the tree as sacred, took great care of it.
The holy angels could not have loved Nicolete with a purer love, a love freer from taint of any earthly thought, than I, a man of thirty, blase, and fed from my youth upon the honeycomb of woman.
In spring the sun not only exerts an influence through the increased temperature of the air and earth, but its heat passes through ice a foot or more thick, and is reflected from the bottom in shallow water, and so also warms the water and melts the under side of the ice, at the same time that it is melting it more directly above, making it uneven, and causing the air bubbles which it contains to extend themselves upward and downward until it is completely honeycombed, and at last disappears suddenly in a single spring rain.
He was carefully with a blunt knife getting a live bee covered with sticky honey out of a cup full of white honeycomb.
Here and there, in grooved depressions among the snowy desolations of the upper altitudes, one glimpsed the extremity of a glacier, with its sea-green and honeycombed battlements of ice.
The labor castes were honeycombed by our agents-- men whose eyes saw, beyond the belly-need, the radiant figure of liberty and brotherhood.
They led me toward the cliffs, and as we approached them, I glanced up and was sure that I saw Ajor's bright eyes peering down upon us from our lofty cave; but she gave no sign if she saw me; and we passed on, rounded the end of the cliffs and proceeded along the opposite face of them until we came to a section literally honeycombed with caves.
As the ocean receded Gathol crept down the sides of the mountain, the summit of which was the island upon which she had been built, until today she covers the slopes from summit to base, while the bowels of the great hill are honeycombed with the galleries of her mines.
Hale, attracted by the wall beyond, which was done in a bewitching honeycomb pattern dotted with golden bees.