from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports & Games A group on the same side, as in a game.
  • n. A group organized to work together: a team of engineers.
  • n. Two or more draft animals used to pull a vehicle or farm implement.
  • n. A vehicle along with the animal or animals harnessed to it.
  • n. A group of animals exhibited or performing together, as horses at an equestrian show.
  • n. A brood or flock.
  • n. Obsolete Offspring; lineage.
  • transitive v. To harness or join together so as to form a team.
  • transitive v. To transport or haul with a draft team.
  • intransitive v. To form a team or an association. Often used with up.
  • intransitive v. To drive a team or truck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A set of draught animals, such as two horses in front of a carriage.
  • n. Any group of people involved in the same activity, especially referring to sports and work.
  • v. To form a group, as for sports or work.
  • v. To convey or haul with a team.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A group of young animals, especially of young ducks; a brood; a litter.
  • n. Hence, a number of animals moving together.
  • n. Two or more horses, oxen, or other beasts harnessed to the same vehicle for drawing, as to a coach, wagon, sled, or the like.
  • n. A number of persons associated together in any work; a gang; especially, a number of persons selected to contend on one side in a match, or a series of matches, in a cricket, football, rowing, etc.
  • n. A flock of wild ducks.
  • n. A royalty or privilege granted by royal charter to a lord of a manor, of having, keeping, and judging in his court, his bondmen, neifes, and villains, and their offspring, or suit, that is, goods and chattels, and appurtenances thereto.
  • intransitive v. To engage in the occupation of driving a team of horses, cattle, or the like, as in conveying or hauling lumber, goods, etc.; to be a teamster.
  • transitive v. To convey or haul with a team.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To join together in a team.
  • To work, convey, haul, or the like with a team.
  • In contractors' work, to give out (portions of the work) to a gang or team under a subcontractor.
  • To do work with a team.
  • n. Family; offspring; progeny.
  • n. Race; lineage.
  • n. A litter or brood; a pair.
  • n. A number, series, or line of animals moving together; a flock.
  • n. Two or more horses, oxen, or other beasts harnessed together for drawing, as to a coach, chariot, wagon, cart, sleigh, or plow.
  • n. A number of persons associated, as for the performance of a definite piece of work, or forming one of the parties or sides in a game, match, or the like: as, a team of foot-ball or base-ball players.
  • n. In Eng. universities, the pupils of a coach, or private tutor.
  • n. In Anglo-Saxon law, the right or franchise sometimes granted to compel holders of lost or stolen goods to give up the name of the person from whom they were received, by requiring such a holder to vouch to warranty. See vouch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
  • v. form a team
  • n. two or more draft animals that work together to pull something


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, team of draft animals, from Old English tēam; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English teme, from Old English tēam ("child-bearing, offspring, brood, set of draught animals"), from Proto-Germanic *taumaz (“that which draws or pulls”), from Proto-Germanic *taugijanan, *tugōnan, *teuhōnan, *teuhanan (“to lead, bring, pull, draw”), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull, lead”). Cognate with Dutch toom ("bridle, reins, flock of birds"), German Zaum ("bridle"), Norwegian tømme ("bridle, rein"), Swedish töm ("leash, rein"). More at tie, tow.



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  • ... I learned to harness and hitch and work a team. Wendell Berry "A Native Hill"

    July 19, 2008

  • Synonymous with code, referring to a medical emergency that requires immediate intervention, presumably named so because there's a set team of professionals who respond when called.

    January 26, 2008