Meaning of HONEYCOMB in English

HONEYCOMB

/hun"ee kohm'/ , n.

1. a structure of rows of hexagonal wax cells, formed by bees in their hive for the storage of honey, pollen, and their eggs.

2. a piece of this containing honey and chewed as a sweet.

3. anything whose appearance suggests such a structure, esp. in containing many small units or holes: The building was a honeycomb of offices and showrooms.

4. the reticulum of a ruminant.

5. Textiles.

a. Also called waffle cloth . a fabric with an embossed surface woven in a pattern resembling a honeycomb.

b. the characteristic weave of such a fabric.

adj.

6. having the structure or appearance of a honeycomb.

v.t.

7. to cause to be full of holes; pierce with many holes or cavities: an old log honeycombed with ant burrows.

8. to penetrate in all parts: a city honeycombed with vice.

[ bef. 1050; ME huny-comb, OE hunigcamb. See HONEY, COMB 1 ]

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