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Meaning of SPAWN

Pronunciation:  spon

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs
  2. [v]  emit spawn, of fish; "The salmon swims upstream to spawn"
  3. [v]  call forth

SPAWN is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: breed, engender
 See Also: cause, do, egg, lay, make, roe, spat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spawn\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spawned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Spawning}.] [OE. spanen, OF. espandre, properly, to shed,
    spread, L. expandere to spread out. See {Expand}.]
    1. To produce or deposit (eggs), as fishes or frogs do.
    2. To bring forth; to generate; -- used in contempt.
             One edition [of books] spawneth another. --Fuller.
  2. \Spawn\, v. i.
    1. To deposit eggs, as fish or frogs do.
    2. To issue, as offspring; -- used contemptuously.
  3. \Spawn\, n. [[root]170. See {Spawn}, v. t.]
    1. The ova, or eggs, of fishes, oysters, and other aquatic
    2. Any product or offspring; -- used contemptuously.
    3. (Hort.) The buds or branches produced from underground
    4. (Bot.) The white fibrous matter forming the matrix from
       which fungi.
    {Spawn eater} (Zo["o]l.), a small American cyprinoid fish
       ({Notropis Hudsonius}) allied to the dace.
Computing Dictionary

To create a child process in a multitasking operating system. E.g. unix's fork system call or one of the spawn() library routines provided by most ms-dos, novell netware and os/2 c compilers - spawnl(), spawnle(), etc.