noun, plural spawn, spawns.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of spawn
Examples from the Web for spawning
But contemporary classical music has changed, and the field is now spawning many appealing and genre-bending works.
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|Alex Suskind|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
But the film has achieved a kind of cult status, spawning two direct-to-DVD sequels and an upcoming Spider-Man-like reboot.
Christina Aguilera flubbed the lyrics of the national anthem, spawning a public uproar.
The spawning season is probably about the same for all the species.
The manure never rose above 75° when made up, and decreased to about 60° soon after spawning.Mushrooms: how to grow them|William Falconer
Most, if not all, of the migratory parents die after spawning.Zoology: The Science of Animal Life|Ernest Ingersoll
The conclusion seems unavoidable that the adult salmon do not enter the Penobscot for spawning oftener than once in two years.
Each bag is crowded with eggs, which drop into the digestive cavity at the spawning season, and are passed out at the mouth.Seaside Studies in Natural History|Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz
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.