Spawn



noun, plural spawn, spawns.
1.
Zoology. the mass of eggs deposited by fishes, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans, etc.
2.
Mycology. the mycelium of mushrooms, especially of the species grown for the market.
3.
Usually Disparaging. a swarming brood; numerous progeny:
Diners at the restaurant were annoyed by the two inconsiderate parents and their unruly spawn.
4.
any person or thing regarded as the offspring of some stock, idea, etc.
adjective
5.
of or relating to the spawning of a character or item in a video game: a spawn point;
the spawn rate.
verb (used without object)
6.
to deposit eggs or sperm directly into the water, as fishes.
7.
(of a character or item in a video game) to originate at a fixed point in an existing game environment:
An enemy character just spawned right on top of me!
verb (used with object)
8.
to produce (spawn).
9.
to give birth to; give rise to:
His sudden disappearance spawned many rumors.
10.
to produce in large number.
11.
to plant with mycelium.
noun
1.
the mass of eggs deposited by fish, amphibians, or molluscs
2.
(often derogatory) offspring, product, or yield
3.
(botany) the nontechnical name for mycelium
verb
4.
(of fish, amphibians, etc) to produce or deposit (eggs)
5.
(often derogatory) (of people) to produce (offspring)
6.
(transitive) to produce or engender
spawn
(spôn)
Noun

The eggs of water animals such as fish, amphibians, and mollusks.

Offspring produced in large numbers.

Verb To lay eggs; produce spawn.

operating system
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.
(1995-03-28)

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