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Definition to have a large number of things — especially things that are moving

Much less commonly, teem can mean to pour down — especially said of heavy rain. In the past, teem was also used to describe someone as pregnant or giving birth.
  • Most of the county, it seemed, was there: the hall was teeming with slicked-up country people.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
teeming = filled (with a large number of something)
  • Her hair is thick and brown, the color of a rotten branch teeming with luscious ants.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • teeming = to have a large number of things — especially things that are moving
  • Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • teemed = was filled (with a large number of something)
  • Backstage, Cecil and I found the narrow hallway teeming with people: adults in homemade three-corner hats, Confederate caps, Spanish-American War hats, and World War helmets.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • teeming = filled (with a large number of something)
  • Perhaps Europe is forever a dark forest, and only Asia waxes healthy and teeming.
    Ray Bradbury  --  A Sound of Thunder
  • teeming = filled with busy people
  • It was another link between the gross, teeming world and the high and mighty Griersons.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • teeming = filled with busy people
  • Ehe streets teem with people, and the cries of the peddlers are incessant.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The newspapers have teemed with the most inflammatory railings on this subject.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • I show it Lorien, the vast ocean and thick forests and verdant hills teeming with life and vitality.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • The dust was antique spice, burnt maple leaves, a prickling blue that teemed and sifted to earth.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • The house teemed with other foster children, older and bigger than Michael and Carlos, who picked on them.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Luckily, they would not starve with the pond and creeks teeming with fish.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • Those in the forefront could now be seen in detail: ships with tall masts and black sails and decks that teemed with malevolent life.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • The seashore teemed with no weeds, no crabs, no crayfish, no coral, no pebbles, no rocks.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The flowery meads and bird-fruitful spinneys of the Arras teemed and rippled over the four walls.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The half-built apartment complex in front of him was teeming with workers.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The seats below us teem with people, many of them children, all of them Silver.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker; Each minute teems a new one.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • The air was full of birds, the earth seemed teeming with life.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • All I know of heaven and all I know of death is in this park: an elegant universe in ceaseless motion, teeming with ruined ruins and screaming children.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars

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