teem
Pronunciation Verb

teem (teems, present participle teeming; past and past participle teemed)

  1. To be stocked to overflowing.
    • 1685, Matthew Prior, “A Satyr on the modern Translators”, in H. Bunker Wright, Monroe K. Spears, editors, The Literary Works of Matthew Prior, volume I, Second edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1971, page 20:
      But well he knew his teeming pangs were vain,
      Till Midwife Dryden eas’d his labouring Brain;
    • 1815 February 23, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644 ↗:
  2. To be prolific; to abound; to be rife.
    Fish teem in this pond.
  3. (obsolete) To bring forth young, as an animal; to produce fruit, as a plant; to bear; to be pregnant; to conceive; to multiply.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
      If she must teem, / Create her child of spleen.
Translations Translations
  • Spanish: proliferar
Translations Verb

teem (teems, present participle teeming; past and past participle teemed)

  1. (archaic) To empty.
    • 1849, G. C. Greenwell, A Glossary of Terms used in the Coal Trade of Northumberland and Durham
      [The banksman] also puts the full tubs to the weighing machine, and thence to the skreens, upon which he teems the coals. It is also his duty to keep an account of the quantity of coals and stones drawn each day.
  2. To pour (especially with rain)
  3. To pour, as steel, from a melting pot; to fill, as a mould, with molten metal.
Translations
  • Russian: вылива́ть
Translations
  • Russian: лить
Verb

teem (teems, present participle teeming; past and past participle teemed)

  1. (obsolete, rare) To think fit.



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