1. A group of young animals, especially of young ducks; a brood; a litter. "A team of ducklings about her." (Holland)

2. Hence, a number of animals moving together. "A long team of snowy swans on high." (Dryden)

3. Two or more horses, oxen, or other beasts harnessed to the same vehicle for drawing, as to a coach, wagon, sled, or the like. "A team of dolphins." "To take his team and till the earth." (Piers Plowman) "It happened almost every day that coaches stuck fast, until a team of cattle could be procured from some neighboring farm to tug them out of the slough." (Macaulay)

4. 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.

5. <zoology> A flock of wild ducks.

6. 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.

Origin: OE. Tem, team, AS. Team, offspring, progeny, race of descendants, family; akin to D. Toom a bridle, LG. Toom progeny, team, bridle, G. Zaum a bridle, zeugen to beget, Icel. Taumr to rein, bridle, Dan. Tomme, Sw. Tom, and also to E. Tow to drag, tug to draw. 64. See Tug, and cf. Teem to bear.

(01 Mar 1998)

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