from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. Another produce, result of an entity's efforts.
  • n. A process launched by another process.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of production; generation.
  • n. That which is produced; a child or children; a descendant or descendants, however remote from the stock.
  • n. Origin; lineage; family.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the immediate descendants of a person
  • n. something that comes into existence as a result
  • n. any immature animal


Middle English ofspring, from Old English : of, off; see off + springan, to rise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ofspring, from Old English ofspring ("offspring, descendants, posterity"), equivalent to off- +‎ spring. Compare Icelandic afspringr ("offspring"). More at off, spring. (Wiktionary)



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