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spawn

Syllabification: spawn
Pronunciation: /spôn
 
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Definition of spawn in English:

verb

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 spawned
More 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.
1.1 (be spawned) (Of a fish, frog, etc.) be laid as eggs.
1.2(Of a character or object in a video game) appear at a certain point in the game: then they enter the undead land where defenders will spawn to fight against them [with object]: players can spawn a ghost ship to confuse foes
More example sentences
  • Encounters are triggered by locating magic portals, which spawn monsters and an occasional treasure chest.
  • This time around you'll be fighting several variations of soldiers, including one that shoots lightning bolts all over the battlefield that somehow spawns new enemies.
  • This provides the recently spawned player with a brief respite to get orientated with his or her surroundings.
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 forces
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  • 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.
Synonyms
lead to, result in, effect, induce, initiate, start, set off, precipitate, trigger;
breed, bear
literary beget
2.2 [with object] Computing Generate (a dependent or subordinate computer process).
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.

noun

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1The eggs of fish, frogs, etc. the fish covers its spawn with gravel
1.1The process of producing spawn.
2The product or offspring of a person or place (used to express distaste or disgust): the spawn of chaos: demons and sorcerers
More 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.
Example sentences
  • They also sell organically certified shiitake mushroom spawn.

Origin

late Middle English: shortening of Anglo-Norman French espaundre 'to shed roe', variant of Old French espandre 'pour out', from Latin expandere 'expand'.

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  • pace from (Middle English):

    The word pace comes via Old French pas from Latin passus ‘stretch (of the leg)’. As well as stepping, it also meant ‘journey, route’ in early examples. To be put through your paces arose in the mid 18th century from horse-riding. The notion of ‘tempo’ as in change of pace is from the 1950s while pace yourself is only found from the 1970s. Other words from the same root are pass in the sense to go by, passage (Middle English); passenger (Middle English) the ‘n’ added to conform with words like ‘messenger’; and expand, literally to stretch out. The Old French form of expand, espandre, has the special sense of ‘to shed, spill, pour out’ and is the origin of to spawn (Late Middle English).

Derivatives

spawner

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