- 1 [no object] (Of a fish, frog, mollusk, crustacean, etc.) release or deposit eggs: the fish spawn among fine-leaved plants [with object]: a large brood is spawnedMore example sentences
- Goldburg says cod and other fish may spawn inside cages.
- The fish were spawning so the rivers were well stocked.
- The female salmon spawns and then dies.
- 2 [with object] often • derogatory (Of a person) produce (offspring): why had she married a man who could spawn a boy like that?More example sentences
- They asked me to leave and notified the Child Welfare department that if I should ever spawn a child, it should be taken from my custody right away.
- A human half my age has spawned ten children who all have four or more of their own.
- 2.1 [with object] Produce or generate, especially in large numbers: the decade spawned a bewildering variety of books on the forcesMore example sentences
- Nowlan's comic strip was widely popular, running for decades and spawning a host of imitators.
- Kitchen restorations are a boom industry, and are spawning a new breed of specialists.
- The only negative thing I can say about this song is that it might have the unfortunate side effect of spawning a league of yelling-guy-with-drums imitators.
- 2.2 [with object] Computing Generate (a dependent or subordinate computer process).More example sentences
- There are probably other methods of taking an existing running program and spawning a root process that this module does not catch.
- But even on Linux, spawning a new process can sometimes be a bit extreme.
- In some cases, programs will spawn multiple processes of their own.
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- 2The product or offspring of a person or place (used to express distaste or disgust): the spawn of chaos: demons and sorcerersMore example sentences
- There was a flash of color in the demon spawn's cheeks.
- She was like the wild, caffeinated, blonde spawn of Satan.
- He was, without a doubt, the devil's evil spawn, sent down to earth to mess up the lives of innocent and simple girls.
- 3The mycelium of a fungus, especially a cultivated mushroom.More example sentences
- They also sell organically certified shiitake mushroom spawn.
late Middle English: shortening of Anglo-Norman French espaundre 'to shed roe', variant of Old French espandre 'pour out', from Latin expandere 'expand'.