noun, plural spawn, spawns.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of spawn
Examples from the Web for spawn
Well known for his gimmicks, Daylyt entered the stage in a Spawn costume that could stop traffic at Comic Con.
That is not to say that the focus on Cohle and Hart does not spawn two compelling performances.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’|Jimmy So|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Replaying sections will spawn enemies in the same place, but what happens then changes from time to time.‘Killzone: Shadow Fall’ Review: Oh My God, This PlayStation 4 Game Is Beautiful|Alec Kubas-Meyer|November 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After surprising box office success, The Terminator would go on to spawn three sequels.The Week in Nostalgia: ‘Halloween’ Turns 35, Butch and Sundance Debut, and the iPod is Born (VIDEO)|Chancellor Agard|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This idea is really the spawn of Mark Levin, the wingnut radio host, who has (of course) written a book about it.
For commercial purposes the English method of making the spawn into bricks has some advantages over the French "flake" process.
The salmon go over a hundred miles up to the McCloud River to spawn, and will jump or leap up small falls or rapids in their way.Stories of California|Ella M. Sexton
The important thing should be to ascertain if the spawn spreads through the bed properly.Mushroom Culture|W. Robinson
At Whitsuntide this year no Laplander was at church, the pikes happening to spawn just at that time.Lachesis Lapponica|Carl von Linn
These cones consisted of half-melted ice, gelatinous, and much like the spawn of a frog.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things|Edmund Fillingham King
Word Origin for spawn
early 15c., from Anglo-French espaundre, Old French espandre "to spread out, pour out," from Latin expandere (see expand). The notion is of a "spreading out" of fish eggs released in water. The meaning "to engender, give rise to" is attested from 1590s. Related: Spawned; spawning.
early 15c., from spawn (v.); figurative sense of "brood, offspring" is from 1580s.