• WordNet 3.6
    • v spawn lay spawn "The salmon swims upstream to spawn"
    • v spawn call forth
    • n spawn the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average cod deposits between 4 and 6 million eggs at a single spawning.
    • Spawn Any product or offspring; -- used contemptuously.
    • Spawn (Hort) The buds or branches produced from underground stems.
    • Spawn The ova, or eggs, of fishes, oysters, and other aquatic animals.
    • Spawn (Bot) The white fibrous matter forming the matrix from which fungi.
    • Spawn To bring forth; to generate; -- used in contempt. "One edition [of books spawneth another."
    • Spawn To deposit eggs, as fish or frogs do.
    • Spawn To issue, as offspring; -- used contemptuously.
    • Spawn To produce or deposit (eggs), as fishes or frogs do.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spawn To produce or lay (eggs): said of a female fish, and by extension of other animals; hence, to generate. It is sometimes applied, in contempt, to human beings.
    • spawn To produce or lay eggs of the kinds called spawn, as a fish, frog, mollusk, or crustacean; by extension, to produce offspring: said of other animals, and, in contempt, of human beings.
    • spawn To issue, as the eggs or young of a fish: by extension applied to other animals, and to human beings, in contempt.
    • n spawn The eggs or ova of various oviparous animals, as amphibians, fishes, mollusks, crustaceans, etc., when small and numerous, or extruded in more or less coherent masses; female roe. The number of individual eggs in spawn varies much, and is sometimes prodigiously great: thus, it has been estimated that the spawn of a single codfish may contain several million eggs. In oviparous fishes the eggs are spawned directly into the water, fecundated as they flow out, or afterward, by the milt of the male, and left to hatch by themselves. Fish-spawn is also easily procured by the process of stripping the female, and artificially fecundated by the same process applied to the male, the spawn and milt being mixed together in the water of a vessel made for the purpose. In ovoviviparous fishes the spawn is impregnated in the body of the female, as is usual with the eggs of higher animals. Frogs and toads lay a quantity of spawn consisting of a jelly-like mass in which the eggs are embedded, and it is fertilized as it flows forth. Some shell-fish extrude spawn in firm gelatinous masses, as the common sea-snail, Natica heros. (See sand-saucer.) The mass of eggs (called coral or berry) that a lobster carries under her tail is the spawn or roe of that crustacean; and in various other crustaceans and some fishes the spawn is carried to hatching in special brood-pouches (see opossum-shrimp), which are sometimes in the male instead of the female, as in the sea-horse (see Hippocampidæ). Anadromous fishes are those which leave the sea and run up rivers to spawn; a few fishes are catadromous, or the converse of this. The name spawn is seldom or never given to the eggs of scaly reptiles, birds, or mammals; but the term has sometimes included milt. See spawning.
    • n spawn The spat of the oyster, from the time of the discharge of the egg until the shell is visible and the creature has become attached.
    • n spawn Offspring of fish; very small fish; fry.
    • n spawn Offspring in general; a swarming brood: applied, mostly in contempt, to human beings.
    • n spawn In botany, the mycelium of fungi; the white fibrous matter forming the matrix from which fungi are produced. Certain species of edible fungi, as Agaricus campestris, are propagated artificially by sowing the spawn in prepared beds of horse-droppings and sand.
    • spawn Containing spawn; spawning, or about to spawn; ripe, as a fish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spawn spawn the eggs of fish or frogs when ejected: offspring
    • adj Spawn containing spawn
    • v.t Spawn to produce, as fishes and frogs do their eggs: to bring forth
    • v.i Spawn to deposit eggs, as fishes or frogs: to issue, as offspring
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  • John Steinbeck
    “This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed, spread, L. expandere, to spread out. See Expand


In literature:

In a literary sense they are so prolific that they do not beget; they spawn.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
Then let us look at the Nipe race, wherever it was spawned in this universe.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The flumes should have four inches of fine and coarse gravel in the bottom, making the most perfect spawning-ground.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Earth was not the battle-ground, but it had spawned the conflict.
"The Cartels Jungle" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
At this time, just before spawning, the fish come up the gulf in shoals.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
For the reflecting to shirk parentage is to make over the future to the spawn of unreflecting indulgence.
"Modern marriage and how to bear it" by Maud Churton Braby
Or spawn of the toad all water-white?
"The Garden of Dreams" by Madison J. Cawein
Was it the brither o' ye, that cursed spawn o' the low country?
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
Here in the spring vast numbers of shad are caught while on their way to spawning-beds in fresh-water coves.
"Voyage of the Paper Canoe" by Nathaniel H. Bishop
Every day there were new arrivals at the spawning-beds, and among them the strong and wary grilse soon found a mate.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts

In poetry:

We say the English dog is spawn
De mastiff—dat is right;
For, though like us he never fawn,
Upon my soul he bite.
"Ca N'ira Pas" by Charles Dibdin
Till Alcor vanish from the void
Wherein the Dragon dares the waste,
Wherein the spawn of Alioth haste
To ghostly bastions long destroyed.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
‘I couldn't,' she sez, ‘an' I aint tried,
They're me own,' she sez to me,
‘As footlin' a lot as was ever spawned
to defend democracy.'
"Song Of The Six Hundred M.P.'S" by Ezra Pound
Whom from afar we mete and name
Ere Light and Life their doom fulfill,
Spawn of the Power whose aons still
The suns of Taurus armed with flame.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
The night is sliding towards the dawn,
And upturned hills crouch at autumn's knees.
A torn moon flees
Through the hemlock trees,
The hours have gnawed it to feed their spawn.
"The Last Quarter Of The Moon" by Amy Lowell
Oh then! Value means survival-
Value. If our progeny
Spreads and spawns and licks each rival,
That will prove its deity
(Far from pleasant, by our present,
Standards, though it may well be).
"Evolutionary Hymn" by C S Lewis

In news:

This is the only time of the year that the big males are within reach of my skiff, the spawning season.
Philip Emeagwali helped give birth to the supercomputer - the technology that spawned the Internet.
Ending the Tax Would Spawn Job Growth.
It's no secret that I'm vocal in my hatred of the spawn of celebrities getting into the film industry.
A record number of tornados spawned, 164 in one day.
Split-tail spawn in the Yolo Bypass and live in the Delta.
When that occurs, spoonbills will shoot up the rivers to spawn and the fishing can be phenomenal.
The album spawned the singles "Way Away" and "One Little Girl," which made the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, but did not receive much attention.
Success at Grand Slams has spawned long lines, packed conditions and pricey tickets.
It has spawned hundreds of research papers.
Oftentimes advances in technology will spawn new franchise concepts.
State biologists reported Tuesday that an annual survey found the fewest number of newly spawned striped bass since the tallies began 59 years ago.
Clearly we have greatly reduced the size of the striped bass spawning stock biomass from levels reached in the early 2000s.
As intense protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street continue to grow, it is worth asking: Why now.
None had been forecast for the evening of Aug 1, and this one was spawned without warning in the Maryland suburbs north of the District.

In science:

If the top-left rectangle goes to the bottom of the figure (i.e. width = 1 unit), the root spawns a right child.
Recursive bijections for Catalan objects
If the top-left rectangle goes to the farthest right edge (i.e. depth = 1 unit), the root spawns a middle child.
Recursive bijections for Catalan objects
Typically, a request spawns a thread or process on another node.
Cluster Computing White Paper
This phenomena has now been understood in terms of the methods of renormalization group theory and intermediate asymptotics and has spawned a new subfield in general relativity, which is covered in a Living Review by C.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
The Pomeron indirectly spawned string theory and sent a galaxy of physicists spinning off into higher dimensions.
Summary Talk: First Workshop on Forward Physics and Luminosity Determination at the LHC