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 ?
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.
Heep - 'does not require that cultivation which, without his knowledge of men and things, it would require, still it is a rich soil teeming with latent vegetation - in short,' said Mr.
And from the ape the boy learned the methods that had been handed down to Akut from some common ancestor of them both, who had roamed the teeming earth when ferns were trees and crocodiles were birds.
This was the being I was helping to transfer to London, where, perhaps, for centuries to come he might, amongst its teeming millions, satiate his lust for blood, and create a new and ever-widening circle of semi-demons to batten on the helpless.
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.
Nothing ever arrests its sleepless industry but the coming of a heavy fog, which clothes the teeming stream in a mantle of impenetrable stillness.
Among others, there is an act prohibiting the drawing of seines, at any other than proper seasons, in certain of our streams and small lakes; and another, to prohibit the killing of deer in the teeming months.
Beyond these, however, the country was fertile and well cultivated, with inclosures of yams, plantains, sweet potatoes, sugar-canes, and other productions of warm climates and teeming soils; and the numerous habitations of the natives were pleasantly sheltered beneath clumps of cocoanut and bread-fruit trees, which afforded both food and shade.
Heaven, cloudless and accessible" (it was a perfect August evening) "and Earth teeming with the merry, merry blossoms, waiting only our honest toil to turn them all to good.
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.
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.