American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The progeny or descendants of a person, animal, or plant considered as a group.
- n. A child of particular parentage.
- n. A result; a product.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Origin; descent; family.
- n. Propagation; generation.
- n. Progeny; descendants, however remote from the stock; issue: a collective term, applied to several or all descendants (sometimes, exceptionally, to collateral branches), or to one child if the sole descendant.
- n. Synonyms Offspring, Issue, Progeny, Posterity, Descendants. Offspring and progeny apply to the young of man or beast; the rest usually only to the human race. Offspring and issue usually imply more than one, but may refer to one only; progeny and posterity refer to more than one, and generally to many: offspring and issue refer generally to the first generation, the rest to as many generations as there may be in the case, posterity and descendants necessarily covering more than one. Issue is almost always a legal or genealogical term, referring to a child or children of one who has died. Posterity implies an indefinite future of descent.
- n. A person's daughter(s) and/or son(s); a person's children.
- n. All a person's descendants, including further generations.
- n. An animal or plant's progeny, an animal or plant's young.
- n. figuratively Another produce, result of an entity's efforts.
- n. computing A process launched by another process.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The act of production; generation.
- n. That which is produced; a child or children; a descendant or descendants, however remote from the stock.
- n. obsolete Origin; lineage; family.
- n. the immediate descendants of a person
- n. something that comes into existence as a result
- n. any immature animal
- From Middle English ofspring, from Old English ofspring ("offspring, descendants, posterity"), equivalent to off- + spring. Compare Icelandic afspringr ("offspring"). More at off, spring. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ofspring, from Old English : of, off; see off + springan, to rise. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As the result, the level of intelligence in offspring is (more or less) normally — i.e., "bell curve" — distributed among the offspring, with the average being the AVERAGE OF THE average of the parents 'intelligence and the racial average.”
“* In primitive conditions, given the unsually demanding task (compared to other mammals) of raising human babies, paternal investment in offspring is required.”
“When you help to give birth, the health and welfare of the offspring is always of great interest.”
“The non-fertility of those offspring is another general rule that has exceptions.”
“The first tentative encounter between Paul and his offspring is handled with considerable wit and delicacy.”
“With our congenital defect, even the thought of the act that might produce offspring is most horrid to us.”
“Maybe all this will change for the better as a new generation is born with an online presence, with an increasing number of parents securing Twitter addresses for their offspring from the start.”
“Having sterile offspring is not an evolutionary advantage.”
“Helms, Fewellf & Rissing, Sex ratio determination by queens and workers in the ant Pheidole desertorum, Animal Behaviour 2000. angryoldfatman: Having sterile offspring is not an evolutionary advantage.”
“So having sterile offspring is not an evolutionary disadvantage, unless it results in extinction, then it is. angryoldfatman: For social insects to have evolved, at some point having sterile offspring had to be advantageous for the organism in question.”
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