team

Team \Team\ (t[=e]m), n. [OE. tem, team, AS. te['a]m, 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 a rein, bridle, Dan. t["o]mme, Sw. t["o]m, and also to E. tow to drag, tug to draw. [root]64. See {Tug}, and cf. {Teem} to bear.] 1. A group of young animals, especially of young ducks; a brood; a litter. [1913 Webster] A team of ducklings about her. --Holland. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, a number of animals moving together. [1913 Webster] A long team of snowy swans on high. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 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.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster] To take his team and till the earth. --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. (Zo["o]l.) A flock of wild ducks. [1913 Webster] 6. (O. Eng. Law) 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. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]