noun, plural spawn, spawns.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of spawn
Synonyms for spawn
Related Words for spawningpicture, photograph, ditto, dupe, photocopy, Xerox, increase, twin, facsimile, fake, print, breeding, copy, clone, Photostat, mimeograph, mimeo, x-ray, carbon, flimsy
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Contemporary Examples of spawning
But contemporary classical music has changed, and the field is now spawning many appealing and genre-bending works.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
I mean, can you imagine Blazing Saddles being released today without it spawning multiple lawsuits and a trillion thinkpieces?Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Is Yet Another Failed Spoof
May 29, 2014
But it did, spawning books, blogs, and movies—and there is little sign of the case going away anytime soon.Italian Court Explains Why It Overturned Amanda Knox’s Acquittal
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 19, 2013
But the film has achieved a kind of cult status, spawning two direct-to-DVD sequels and an upcoming Spider-Man-like reboot.What Happened to Big-Screen Hunk Casper Van Dien?
July 11, 2012
Christina Aguilera flubbed the lyrics of the national anthem, spawning a public uproar.How Many Americans Know the Star Spangled Banner?
February 10, 2011
Historical Examples of spawning
For months she had fed on lean and tasteless trout exhausted by spawning.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
The spawning fish, flabby and useless, are killed in winter.Angling Sketches
These illustrate the spawning method of solving the problem of survival.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
He said it was a spawning bed, and I ought to put the twenty-nine back.A Pessimist
The first point is explained by the fact that these fish die after spawning.Fishing in British Columbia
Thomas Wilson Lambert
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.