teeming


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teem 1

 (tēm)
v. teemed, teem·ing, teems
v.intr.
1. To be full of things; abound or swarm: A drop of water teems with microorganisms.
2. Obsolete To be or become pregnant; bear young.
v.tr. Archaic
To give birth to.

[Middle English temen, to beget, bear, from Old English tīeman, tēman; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

teem′er n.
teem′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: teem1, abound, overflow, swarm1
These verbs mean to be abundantly filled or richly supplied: The street teemed with pedestrians. The garden abounds with flowers. The house overflowed with guests. The parade route swarmed with spectators.

teem 2

 (tēm)
v. teemed, teem·ing, teems
v.intr.
To rain hard or heavily; pour.
v.tr.
To pour out or empty: teemed the molten ore into a huge mold.

[Middle English temen, to drain, from Old Norse töma.]

teeming

(ˈtiːmɪŋ)
adj
1. abounding in people, fish, insects, etc
2. dense or bustling

teeming

(ˈtiːmɪŋ)
adj
pouring in torrents

teem•ing1

(ˈti mɪŋ)

adj.
1. abounding or swarming.
2. prolific or fertile.
[1525–35]
teem′ing•ly, adv.
teem′ing•ness, n.

teem•ing2

(ˈti mɪŋ)

adj.
falling in torrents: a teeming rain.
[1685–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.teeming - abundantly filled with especially living things; "the Third World's teeming millions"; "the teeming boulevard"
abundant - present in great quantity; "an abundant supply of water"

teeming

1

teeming

2
adjective pouring, lashing, pelting, sheeting, streaming, belting (slang), bucketing down (informal) I arrived early to find it teeming with rain.
Translations

teeming

[ˈtiːmɪŋ] ADJnumerosísimo; [rain] → torrencial
the teeming millionslos muchos millones

teeming

adj
streetsvon Menschen wimmelnd; crowdwuselnd; the world’s teeming millionsdie Millionen und Abermillionen von Menschen (auf der Erde)
(= pouring) rainströmend
References in classic literature ?
When yester-eve the moon arose, then did I fancy it about to bear a sun: so broad and teeming did it lie on the horizon.
The jungle, as usual, was teeming with life, but as Ned and Tom did not wish to kill wantonly they refrained from shooting until later in the day.
Nothing ever arrests its sleepless industry but the coming of a heavy fog, which clothes the teeming stream in a mantle of impenetrable stillness.
I think there was no individual in the party whose brain was not teeming with thoughts and images and memories invoked by the grand history of the venerable city that lay before us, but still among them all was no "voice of them that wept.
He did not say brilliant things, but he talked inspiringly, with an eager vividness which fired the imagination; Philip, living so much in a world of make-believe, found his fancy teeming with new pictures.
Below him he looked to see the teeming metropolis of Ptarth.
Wyeth was the first ready; and, with his usual promptness and hardihood, launched his frail bark, singly, on this wild and hazardous voyage, down an almost interminable succession of rivers, winding through countries teeming with savage hordes.
She had been told that, rough and brutal as they seemed just then, they were not like this all the year round, but were, in fact, quite civil persons save during certain weeks of autumn and winter, when, like the inhabitants of the Malay Peninsula, they ran amuck, and made it their purpose to destroy life--in this case harmless feathered creatures, brought into being by artificial means solely to gratify these propensities--at once so unmannerly and so unchivalrous towards their weaker fellows in Nature's teeming family.
Danger and difficulty I had been prepared to face; but the task that I was set was a hundred-fold harder than any that had whirled through my teeming brain.
During the long hours of darkness they caught but fitful snatches of sleep, for the night noises of a great jungle teeming with myriad animal life kept their overwrought nerves on edge, so that a hundred times they were startled to wakefulness by piercing screams, or the stealthy moving of great bodies beneath them.
For half an hour the silence of the grim forest was broken only by the ordinary sounds of the teeming life that but adds to its lowering loneliness.
It was a condition not unknown to them, for in all their experience, at one time or another, they had travelled one year through a region teeming with game, where, a year or two or three years later, no game at all would be found.