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  • v. Present participle of teem.
  • v. Abundantly filled with especially living things.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Prolific; productive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pregnant; prolific; fruitful; abundant; overflowing.
  • n. The bringing forth of young.

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

  • adj. abundantly filled with especially living things


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  • Millions of people are imprisoned in teeming cities; millions more labour on Pharaonic projects to rebuild ruined ecosystems.

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  • The dominant available images prescribe a particularly parochial set of options: a barricaded and insulated rejectionist leadership; pitiful masses suffering in teeming refugee camps or squalid, quarantined communities; and, most prominent of all, terrorist suicide bombers, fanatical malevolent creatures, bereft of normal human motivation and well beyond our comprehension.

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  • The British and the Dutch, close-quartered in teeming European cities, may have seen sailing ships and canoes as instruments of commerce.

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  • In Brazil and other countries democracy faces a backlash from millions of badly educated and newly urbanized dwellers in teeming slums, who see few palpable benefits to Western parliamentary systems.

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  • It was what we frequently call a teeming brain, one of those four-horse teeming brains, as it were.


  • After a day in Antananarivo -- a sprawling, diesel-soaked city that earns the adjective "teeming" -- we leave by car for Andasibe, a former logging village that is now home to a burgeoning ecotourism trade.

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  • At 97, he can still recall the teeming shore that was the Antwerp waterfront as he experienced it in 1922.

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  • And we know that it was there amid the shaggy forests, and closely-set mountains, with their rapid torrents, that John the Baptist waited, fulfilled his ministry, preached to and baptized the teeming crowds.

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  • The camp was formed on the banks of the lake before-mentioned, 8 miles from Somerset, Chappagynyah, which is described as teeming with crocodiles. tThe next day the party reached their final resting place, probably not without some exhiliration in feeling that their journey was over.

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  • The vivid accounts of the Istanbul bourgeoisie, their eccentricities, gossip and superficiality, recall the teeming salons of the European comedy of manners.

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