What does spawn mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spawnverb

    the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs

  2. engender, breed, spawnverb

    call forth

  3. spawnverb

    lay spawn

    "The salmon swims upstream to spawn"

Wiktionary

  1. spawnnoun

    The numerous eggs of an aquatic organism

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  2. spawnnoun

    Mushroom mycelium prepared for (aided) propagation

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  3. spawnnoun

    (by extension) Any germ or seed, even a figurative source; offspring

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  4. spawnnoun

    The location in a game where characters or objects spontaneously appear.

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  5. spawnverb

    To produce or deposit (eggs) in water.

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  6. spawnverb

    To generate, bring into being, especially non-mammalian beings in very large numbers.

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  7. spawnverb

    To bring forth in general.

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  8. spawnverb

    To induce (aquatic organisms) to spawn

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  9. spawnverb

    To plant with fungal spawn

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  10. spawnverb

    To deposit (numerous) eggs in water.

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  11. spawnverb

    To reproduce, especially in large numbers.

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

  12. spawnverb

    (To cause) to appear spontaneously in a game at a certain point and time.

    Etymology: Recorded since 1413; from spawne, spawnen, from espaundre, from espandre, from expandere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spawnverb

    to produce or deposit (eggs), as fishes or frogs do

    Etymology: [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed, spread, L. expandere to spread out. See Expand.]

  2. Spawnverb

    to bring forth; to generate; -- used in contempt

    Etymology: [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed, spread, L. expandere to spread out. See Expand.]

  3. Spawnverb

    to deposit eggs, as fish or frogs do

    Etymology: [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed, spread, L. expandere to spread out. See Expand.]

  4. Spawnverb

    to issue, as offspring; -- used contemptuously

    Etymology: [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed, spread, L. expandere to spread out. See Expand.]

  5. Spawnverb

    the ova, or eggs, of fishes, oysters, and other aquatic animals

    Etymology: [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed, spread, L. expandere to spread out. See Expand.]

  6. Spawnverb

    any product or offspring; -- used contemptuously

    Etymology: [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed, spread, L. expandere to spread out. See Expand.]

  7. Spawnverb

    the buds or branches produced from underground stems

    Etymology: [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed, spread, L. expandere to spread out. See Expand.]

  8. Spawnverb

    the white fibrous matter forming the matrix from which fungi

    Etymology: [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed, spread, L. expandere to spread out. See Expand.]

Freebase

  1. Spawn

    Spawn is a fictional character, a comic book superhero who appears in a monthly comic book of the same name published by Image Comics. Created by writer/artist Todd McFarlane, the character first appeared in Malibu Sun #13. Spawn was ranked 60th on Wizard magazine's list of the Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time, 50th on Empire magazine's list of The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters and 36th on IGN's 2011 Top 100 Comic Book Heroes. The series has spun off several other comics, including Angela, Curse of the Spawn, Sam & Twitch, and the Japanese manga Shadows of Spawn. Spawn was adapted into a 1997 feature film, an HBO animated series lasting from 1997 until 1999, and a series of action figures whose high level of detail made McFarlane Toys known in the toy industry.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spawn

    spawn, n. the eggs of fish or frogs when ejected: offspring.—adj. containing spawn.—v.t. to produce, as fishes and frogs do their eggs: to bring forth.—v.i. to deposit eggs, as fishes or frogs: to issue, as offspring.—ns. Spawn′er, the female fish from which the spawn is ejected; Spawn′ing; Spawn′ing-bed, -ground, a bed made in the bottom of a stream on which fish deposit their spawn. [O. Fr. espandre, to shed—L. expandĕre, to spread out.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. spawn

    1. [techspeak] In Unix parlance, to create a child process from within a process. Technically this is a ‘fork’; the term ‘spawn’ is a bit more general and is used for threads (lightweight processes) as well as traditional heavyweight processes. 2. In gaming, meant to indicate where (spawn-point) and when a player comes to life (or re-spawns) after being killed. Opposite of frag.

Editors Contribution

  1. spawn

    The eggs of various aquatic animals

    Jellyfish, frogs and other marine animals produce spawn.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 4, 2017  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spawn in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spawn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of spawn in a Sentence

  1. Michael Milstein:

    There are some indications that large numbers of sardines did spawn successfully last year, but we won’t know what difference that makes until those juvenile fish survive for a few more years.

  2. Whitney Way Thore:

    Fat-shaming is a thing ; it's a really big thing, no pun intended, it is the really nasty spawn of a larger parent problem called body-shaming, which I'm fairly certain everyone on the planet, especially women, has experienced.

  3. Inga Saffron:

    The difference being they were catching the sturgeon as they were migrating to spawn, not only did they kill the fish, they killed future generations of fish.

  4. Alexander Osborn:

    Creative ideas in people's minds, but they fall into the trap of fear or rejection. Create a free judgment Wednesday and you spawn a thread creation.

  5. Erik Pevernagie:

    When the mind is burdened voluntary silence can spawn release and wellness. It has the power to create spiritness and space for imagination. It can lead to a reviving retreat into a world with new perspectives.

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