- Spawn is defined as the offspring of a person or animal.
An example of spawn is a person's children.
- Spawn is to give birth to or produce.
An example of spawn is when you have a child.
- to produce or deposit (eggs, sperm, or young)
- to bring forth or be the source of (esp. something regarded with contempt and produced in great numbers)
- Hort. to plant with spawn, or mycelium
Origin of spawnMiddle English spaunnen (for an unverified form spaunden) from Anglo-French espaundre from Old French espandre, to shed from Classical Latin expandere: see expand
- the mass of eggs or young produced by fish, mollusks, crustaceans, amphibians, etc.
- something produced, esp. in great quantity; specif., numerous offspring or progeny: usually contemptuous
- the mycelium of fungi, esp. of mushrooms grown to be eaten
- The eggs of aquatic animals such as bivalve mollusks, fishes, and amphibians.
- Offspring, especially when occurring in large numbers.
- A product or an outcome: the spawn of a prodigious imagination.
- Mycelia of mushrooms or other fungi grown in specially prepared organic matter for planting in beds.
verbspawned, spawn·ing, spawns
- To deposit eggs; produce spawn.
- To produce offspring in large numbers.
- To produce or deposit (spawn).
- To produce (offspring).
- To produce or give rise to: tyranny that spawned revolt.
- To plant with mycelia grown in specially prepared organic matter.
Origin of spawnMiddle English spawne from spawnen to spawn from Anglo-Norman espaundre from Latin expandere ; see expand .
(third-person singular simple present spawns, present participle spawning, simple past and past participle spawned)
- To produce or deposit (eggs) in water.
- To generate, bring into being, especially non-mammalian beings in very large numbers.
- To bring forth in general.
- To induce (aquatic organisms) to spawn
- To plant with fungal spawn
- (intransitive) To deposit (numerous) eggs in water.
- (intransitive) To reproduce, especially in large numbers.
- (ergative, video games, of a character or object) (To cause) to appear spontaneously in a game at a certain point and time.
- The numerous eggs of an aquatic organism.
- Mushroom mycelium prepared for (aided) propagation.
- (by extension, sometimes derogatory) Any germ or seed, even a figurative source; offspring.
- (horticulture) The buds or branches produced from underground stems.
- (video games) The location in a game where characters or objects spontaneously appear.
spawn - Computer Definition
To launch another program from the current program. The child program is spawned from the parent program.