• WordNet 3.6
    • v teem move in large numbers "people were pouring out of the theater","beggars pullulated in the plaza"
    • v teem be teeming, be abuzz "The garden was swarming with bees","The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen","her mind pullulated with worries"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Teem To be full, or ready to bring forth; to be stocked to overflowing; to be prolific; to abound. "His mind teeming with schemes of future deceit to cover former villainy.""The young, brimful of the hopes and feeling which teem in our time."
    • Teem To bring forth young, as an animal; to produce fruit, as a plant; to bear; to be pregnant; to conceive; to multiply. "If she must teem ,
      Create her child of spleen."
    • Teem (Steel Manuf) To pour, as steel, from a melting pot; to fill, as a mold, with molten metal.
    • Teem To pour; -- commonly followed by out; as, to teem out ale.
    • v. t Teem To produce; to bring forth. "That [grief] of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker;
      Each minute teems a new one."
    • v. t Teem To think fit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • teem To produce; bring forth; bear.
    • teem To bring; lead; take; reflexively, to betake one's self; appeal.
    • teem To be or become pregnant; engender young; conceive; bear; produce.
    • teem To be full as if ready to bring forth; be stocked to overflowing; be prolific or abundantly fertile.
    • teem To be fit for; be becoming or appropriate to; befit.
    • teem To think fit.
    • teem To pour; empty; toom; specifically, to pour in the casting of crucible steel.
    • teem To pour; come down in torrents: as, it not only rains, it teems.
    • teem An old spelling of team.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Teem tēm to bring forth or produce: to bear or be fruitful: to be pregnant: to be full or prolific
    • v.t., v.i Teem tēm to pour, empty.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The teeming Autumn big with rich increase, bearing the wanton burden of the prime like widowed wombs after their lords decease.”
  • John Keats
    “When I have fears that I may cease to be, Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain.”
  • William Blake
    “All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled; Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. tæma, to empty, from tōmr, empty; akin to Dan. tömme, to empty, Sw. tömma,. See Toom to empty


In literature:

The Foss River Settlement is already teeming with life.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
One idea bred another in Ruth Fielding's teeming brain.
"Ruth Fielding in Moving Pictures" by Alice Emerson
But to her the world was wide, and big, and, in her girl's imagination, teeming with appealing adventure.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
The sea teems with curiously shaped fish and beautiful shells.
"A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'" by Annie Allnut Brassey
Why, the town would teem with meetings and the papers with speeches.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, December 4, 1841" by Various
He also was born at Leyden, that teeming mother of painters.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
Thus we find that in these early days mankind teemed in this part of Yorkshire.
"The Evolution Of An English Town" by Gordon Home
Behind lies our vast West, with its teeming population, sturdy, active and energetic.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I., No. IV., April, 1862" by Various
A cloud seemed to gather on his spirit, teeming with some terrible but unknown doom.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Zee voods are svarming, zee air is teeming, ant zee vaters are vallo'ing vit life.
"Blown to Bits" by Robert Michael Ballantyne

In poetry:

And those deep eyes of watery blue,
So sweetly sad they seemed.
And every feature in her face
With pensive sorrow teemed.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
My child lies moaning, lost in dreams,
Abandoned, sore dismayed;
Her fancy's world with horror teems,
Her soul is much afraid:
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Wander, wander
Onward lightly,
So that rightly
Flow the torrent,
And with teeming waters yonder
In the bath discharge its current!
"The Pupil In Magic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
From her we got our birthright
Of fame and ancient pride,
The rule of teeming ocean,
Dominion rich and wide;
For us her best have suffered,
For us her bravest died.
"Pro Patria" by Cicely Fox Smith
A fruitful, teeming soil,
Where the patient peasants toil
Beneath the summer's sun and the watery winter sky;
Where they tend the golden grain
Till it bends upon the plain,
Then reap it for the stranger, and turn aside to die;
"Ireland" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
A fruitful teeming soil,
Where the patient peasants toil
Beneath the summer's sun and the watery winter sky—
Where they tend the golden grain
Till it bends upon the plain,
Then reap it for the stranger, and turn aside to die.
"A Mystery" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

ATMs teeming with germs, fungus.
Once again, the SEC is teeming with talent.
Curiosity photos show Mars teeming with UFOs.
The Coastal Bend is teeming with wadeable fishing spots.
Coastal Bend is teeming with wadeable fishing spots.
In Which the Mayor of London Makes Fun of Mitt Romney in Front of a Teeming Crowd.
Bangalore's Teeming Software Bazaar (Int'l Edition).
The first e-mail found him amid the sizzling neon of teeming Tokyo, the second cruising at 500 mph 37,000 frosty feet above Siberia.
If Mexican cuisine is high on the list for dining out destinations, Tulsa is teeming with options.
At this time of year, nature's puddles — officially known as " vernal pools" — are teeming with life.
LE KIOSK, a corner café you may have walked by a thousand times but never patronized, is teeming with the young, bohemian French.
Xinjiang 's trade routes once again teem with caravans, this time carrying crude oil, jade and, increasingly, tourists.
City Dock, the heart of Annapolis , teems with boats and boaters during warm summer days.
Lake Vida, an Antarctic lake sealed under 50 feet of ice, is nonetheless teeming with bacteria, according to a new study.
This vast hall at Resorts World Casino New York will soon teem with activity.

In science:

Small-worlds are teeming with weak ties which are critical to the small minimum average path length of the network.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
And God said: “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics