- the structure of six-sided wax cells made by bees to hold their honey or eggs
- anything like this in structure or appearance
Origin of honeycombMiddle English hunicomb from Old English hunigcamb from hunig, honey + camb, comb
- to cause to have many holes like a honeycomb; riddle
- to permeate or undermine: honeycombed with intrigue
to become riddled with holes like a honeycomb
of, like, or patterned after a honeycomb
- A structure of hexagonal, thin-walled cells constructed from beeswax by honeybees to hold honey and larvae.
- Something resembling this structure in configuration or pattern.
transitive verbhon·ey·combed, hon·ey·comb·ing, hon·ey·combs
- To fill with holes or compartments; riddle: cliffs that were honeycombed with caves and grottoes.
- To form in or cover with a pattern like that of a honeycomb.
- A structure of hexagonal cells made by bees primarily of wax, to hold their larvae and for storing the honey to feed the larvae and to feed themselves during winter.
- Any structure resembling a honeycomb.
- The wood porch was a honeycomb of termite tunnels before we replaced it.
- (construction) voids left in concrete resulting from failure of the mortar to effectively fill the spaces among coarse aggregate particles.
- (aviation) Manufactured material used manufacture light, stiff structural components using a sandwich design.
- (solar cell) texturing the surface of a cell to increase its surface area and capture more sun.
(third-person singular simple present honeycombs, present participle honeycombing, simple past and past participle honeycombed)
- To riddle something with holes, especially in such a pattern.
- Termites will honeycomb a porch made of untreated pine.