honeycomb: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hun'ē-kōm"), [key]
— 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.
    1. Also calledwaffle cloth.a fabric with an embossed surface woven in a pattern resembling a honeycomb.
    2. the characteristic weave of such a fabric.
  1. having the structure or appearance of a honeycomb.
  1. to cause to be full of holes; pierce with many holes or cavities: an old log honeycombed with ant burrows.
  2. to penetrate in all parts: a city honeycombed with vice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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