- p. p. of Be; -- used for been. - An insect of the order Hymenoptera, and family Apidae (the
honeybees), or family Andrenidae (the solitary bees.) See Honeybee.
- 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.
- Pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to
reeve the fore-topmast stays through; -- called also bee blocks.