• WordNet 3.6
    • n offspring any immature animal
    • n offspring something that comes into existence as a result "industrialism prepared the way for acceptance of the French Revolution's various socialistic offspring","this skyscraper is the solid materialization of his efforts"
    • n offspring the immediate descendants of a person "she was the mother of many offspring","he died without issue"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Certain female species of spiders such as the Australian crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source for their offspring
    • Offspring Origin; lineage; family.
    • Offspring That which is produced; a child or children; a descendant or descendants, however remote from the stock. "To the gods alone
      Our future offspring and our wives are known."
    • Offspring The act of production; generation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Assuming that all the offspring survived, 190,000,000,000,000,000,000 flies could be produced in four months by the offspring of a single pair of flies.
    • n offspring Origin; descent; family.
    • n offspring Propagation; generation.
    • n offspring Progeny; descendants, however remote from the stock; issue: a collective term, applied to several or all descendants (sometimes, exceptionally, to collateral branches), or to one child if the sole descendant.
    • n offspring Synonyms Offspring, Issue, Progeny, Posterity, Descendants. Offspring and progeny apply to the young of man or beast; the rest usually only to the human race. Offspring and issue usually imply more than one, but may refer to one only; progeny and posterity refer to more than one, and generally to many: offspring and issue refer generally to the first generation, the rest to as many generations as there may be in the case, posterity and descendants necessarily covering more than one. Issue is almost always a legal or genealogical term, referring to a child or children of one who has died. Posterity implies an indefinite future of descent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first offspring of captive-born elephant parents in the Western Hemisphere was a 150-pound Asiatic elephant born on Mother's Day in 1975 at the Los Angeles Zoo.
    • Offspring that which springs from another: a child, or children: issue: production of any kind
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  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.”
  • Anthony Robbins
    “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring.”
  • Isaac Disraeli
    Isaac Disraeli
    “Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Off, + spring,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same as Of.


In literature:

It is that power which causes the offspring to resemble its parents.
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
Those who afflict and persecute the children of the righteous, and the unholy offspring of a player!
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
They had never been taught their duties toward their future offspring.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Of course artificially-caused ill-health or weakness in parents will tend in a general way to injure the offspring.
"Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited?" by William Platt Ball
O woful day when it found its way to our coasts; when here it first generated its offspring.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
They even make provision for their offspring.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Tamar's divine form human language cannot describe; The gods themselves believe her heaven's offspring.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
She knew that her offspring was disabled, and stayed by it from an instinct of maternal solicitude.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Syphilis is the only disease which is transmitted in full virulence to the offspring, and its effect is simply murderous.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
It is quite credible that many of Cain's offspring were saved, namely, those who joined the true Church.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
But then, perhaps, this offspring of abolitionism is no man-child at all.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
We are the offspring of our past.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The greedy fires His offspring were not suffer'd to consume.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
The offspring of a Silky hen mated with a Brown Leghorn are in both sexes birds with but a trace of the Silky pigmentation.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
I'll deny myself for the sake of my offspring.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
At noon his mate came again to her nest, and searched for her missing offspring.
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees
Doubt is as often the offspring of ignorance as of credulity.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 2" by Various
Some foolish persons have imagined they can at will induce the periodical desire for offspring in the animal.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
The women themselves ridiculed and ever despised those who were not blessed with offspring.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard

In poetry:

"Ho, ho!" he said, "thou pale-faced one,
Poor offspring of an Eastern sun,
You've NEVER seen the Red Man skip
Upon the banks of Mississip!"
"Pasha Bailey Ben" by William Schwenck Gilbert
See FRIENDSHIP from her azure eye
Drops the fond balm for ev'ry pain
She comes, the offspring of the sky,
"Echo to Him Who Complains" by Mary Darby Robinson
The book, the statue, nay the trees we set,
The painting, or the building, or this rhyme,
Whatever is our offspring for the time,
It hath our yearnings yet.
"The Maker's Yearning" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
How do you know who shall come from the offspring of his offspring
through the centuries?
Who might you find you have come from yourself, if you could trace
back through the centuries?
"I Sing The Body Electric" by Walt Whitman
Something in my inmost thinking
Tells me I am one with you,
For a subtle bond is linking
Nature's offspring through and through,
And your spirit like a flood
Stirs the pulses of my blood.
"In The Winter Woods" by Frederick George Scott
Let the clan of grey Fingon, whose offspring has given
Such heroes to earth and such martyrs to heaven,
Unite with the race of renown'd Rorri More,
To launch the long galley and stretch to the oar.
"Flora Macivor's Song" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

Older fathers more likely to pass on autism-linked genetic mutations to offspring , study shows.
Older fathers pass on more new genetic mutations to offspring .
Colonel John's Offspring Command Attention at Yearling Sales.
His 10 offspring that were sold averaged $105,900, and they ranged in price from $40,000 to $170,000.
Provided photo The Offspring includes, left to right: front row Noodles and Dexter Holland.
Back row Pete Paradi and Greg K. Life has been good so far this summer for Greg K, founding member and bassist for The Offspring .
Beach Boys' Offspring Form New Group, California Saga.
Beach Boys Offspring Form New Group, California Saga.
Older Fathers May Produce Offspring With Long Lives.
Marine 'Moms', offspring under the microscope.
Offspring of mad cow did not have disease.
Offspring of Mad Cow Didn't Have Disease.
Avondale's Saw's Soul Kitchen, offspring of Homewood BBQ joint, has new location with different menu.
17 of Hollywood's Most Famous Offspring .
The Offspring have certainly taken their time recording their ninth studio album.

In science:

The appearance of additional offsprings during the recurrence is considered a second order process whose effect will be discussed below.
Branching annihilating random walk on random regular graphs
Namely, during the recurrence one of the (parent and offspring) particles can create an additional walker with a probability proportional to P 2R(z )[τ (z ) − 1] and this event reduces the rate of spontaneous annihilation [P R(z )] in Eqs. (4) and (7).
Branching annihilating random walk on random regular graphs
For each open vertex x of G, label its offspring from 1 to Yx , where Yx is a random variable with P (Yx = k) = pk (1 − qk )/(1 − q).
Anchored expansion, percolation and speed
And so on, until the last open vertex among the offspring of x.
Anchored expansion, percolation and speed
For a random graph G , consider a branching process on vertices, where a vertex v has offspring including w if G has an edge {v , w} (and if w was not the parent of v ).
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
It is immediate that for an integer starting point a ∈ N, the process (Y (t, a), t ≥ 0) is a Yule process Y (1) with 2 offspring, as considered in the preceding section.
Dual random fragmentation and coagulation and an application to the genealogy of Yule processes
Let k ≥ 1, and let X be the number of offspring of the progenitor 0.
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees
In fact, for any branching process as in Section 2, a simple calculation yields that the mean number of red offspring of a red individual is G′ (1 − pθ). 4.
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees
For bond percolation with probability p on B, it is easy to see that if Xn is the number of vertices at level n in C (0), then X = (Xn) is a branching process with Bin(n0 , p) offspring distribution.
Random walk on the incipient infinite cluster on trees
Unlike [Ke2] we restrict our attention to branching processes with a Binomial offspring distribution.
Random walk on the incipient infinite cluster on trees
Let {pk } be the offspring distribution, and m = Pk kpk the mean number of offsprings.
On the speed of random walks on a percolation cluster of trees
In order to have an infinite cluster, the retaining probability p > 1/m where m = Pk kpk is the mean number of offsprings.
On the speed of random walks on a percolation cluster of trees
Let m = Pk pk k be the mean of offsprings, and f (s) = Pk pk sk the generating function, exclusively for the original {pk }.
On the speed of random walks on a percolation cluster of trees
In such a process individuals reproduce independently of each other according to random offspring distributions which vary from one generation to the other.
Criticality for branching processes in random environment
Consider the random offspring of a single particle of type x; let N be the number of children, and denote their types by (ξi )N i=1 .
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs