from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be full of things; abound or swarm: A drop of water teems with microorganisms.
- intransitive v. Obsolete To be or become pregnant; bear young.
- transitive v. Archaic To give birth to.
- transitive v. To pour out or empty: teemed the molten ore into a huge mold.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be stocked to overflowing
- v. To be prolific; to abound.
- v. To empty.
- v. To pour (especially with rain)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pour; -- commonly followed by out.
- transitive v. To pour, as steel, from a melting pot; to fill, as a mold, with molten metal.
- transitive v. To think fit.
- intransitive v. To bring forth young, as an animal; to produce fruit, as a plant; to bear; to be pregnant; to conceive; to multiply.
- intransitive v. To be full, or ready to bring forth; to be stocked to overflowing; to be prolific; to abound.
- transitive v. To produce; to bring forth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To produce; bring forth; bear.
- To bring; lead; take; reflexively, to betake one's self; appeal.
- To be or become pregnant; engender young; conceive; bear; produce.
- To be full as if ready to bring forth; be stocked to overflowing; be prolific or abundantly fertile.
- To be fit for; be becoming or appropriate to; befit.
- To think fit.
- To pour; empty; toom; specifically, to pour in the casting of crucible steel.
- To pour; come down in torrents: as, it not only rains, it teems.
- An old spelling of team.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move in large numbers
- v. be teeming, be abuzz
Middle English temen, to beget, bear, from Old English tīeman, tēman.
Middle English temen, from Old Norse töma.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English tēman, whence also team. (Wiktionary)
From Old Norse tœma. (Wiktionary)