Spanner vs Spawner - What's the difference?

spanner | spawner |

As nouns the difference between spanner and spawner

is that spanner is (spann) while spawner is (fishing) a female fish, often specifically a salmon, which is physiologically ready to spawn.

As a verb spanner

is .

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • (Australian, NZ, British, Irish) A hand tool for adjusting nuts and bolts.
  • Pass me that spanner , Jake; there's just one more nut to screw in.
  • (rare) One who, or that which, spans.
  • * 1915 , Florence Kiper Frank, The Jew to Jesus: and other poems
  • The scheme of the spanner of continents and the desire of the little husbandman hoarding for his loved ones...
  • (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 )
  • 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.
  • (British, Irish, mildly, derogatory) A stupid or unintelligent person; one prone to making mistakes, especially in language.
  • You spanner , Rodney! I wanted a Chinese, not an Indian!


    * (hand tool for nuts and bolts) wrench (US)


    * Malay: (l)






    (en noun)
  • (fishing) A female fish, often specifically a salmon, which is physiologically ready to spawn
  • (computing) A program which spawns objects or processes as needed
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