Spanner vs Spawner - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between spanner and spawner
is that spanner
) while spawner
is (fishing) a female fish, often specifically a salmon, which is physiologically ready to spawn.
As a verb spanner
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(Australian, NZ, British, Irish) A hand tool for adjusting nuts and bolts.
(rare) One who, or that which, spans.
* 1915 , Florence Kiper Frank, The Jew to Jesus: and other poems
- Pass me that spanner , Jake; there's just one more nut to screw in.
(weaponry) A hand tool shaped like a small crank handle, for winding the spring of a wheel lock on a musket.
:* 1786 , Fig. 10. The spanner for spanning or winding up the spring of the wheel lock. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons , page xvi.
(obsolete) A device in early steam engines for moving the valves for the alternate admission and shutting off of the steam.
(UK) A problem, dilemma or obstacle; something unexpected or troublesome (in the phrase spanner in the works )
- The scheme of the spanner of continents and the desire of the little husbandman hoarding for his loved ones...
(British, Irish, mildly, derogatory) A stupid or unintelligent person; one prone to making mistakes, especially in language.
- Halfway through the production of Macbeth, the director found that the stage was smaller than he expected. This really threw a spanner in the works.
- You spanner , Rodney! I wanted a Chinese, not an Indian!
* (hand tool for nuts and bolts) wrench (US)
* Malay: (l)
(fishing) A female fish, often specifically a salmon, which is physiologically ready to spawn
(computing) A program which spawns objects or processes as needed