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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gen•er•a•tionˌdʒɛn əˈreɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the entire body of individuals born and living at about the same time:

    the postwar generation.

  2. the term of years, about 30 among human beings, accepted as the average period between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.

  3. a group of individuals, most of whom are the same approximate age, having similar problems, attitudes, etc.

    Category: Sociology

  4. a group of individuals belonging to a category at the same time:

    the generation of silent-screen stars.

  5. a single step in natural descent, as of human beings, animals, or plants.

  6. a stage of technological development distinct from but based upon another stage:

    a new generation of computers.

  7. the offspring of a certain parent or couple, considered as a step in natural descent.

  8. the act or process of generating.

  9. the state of being generated.

  10. production by natural or artificial processes; evolution, as of heat or sound.

  11. one complete life cycle. one of the alternate phases that complete a life cycle having more than one phase:

    the gametophyte generation.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  12. the production of a geometrical figure by the motion of another figure.

    Category: Math

Origin of generation:

1250–1300; < MF < L

gen`er•a′tion•al•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. coevals, contemporaries, generation(noun)

    all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age

  2. generation(noun)

    group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent

  3. generation(noun)

    the normal time between successive generations

    "they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade"

  4. generation(noun)

    a stage of technological development or innovation

    "the third generation of computers"

  5. genesis, generation(noun)

    a coming into being

  6. generation(noun)

    the production of heat or electricity

    "dams were built for the generation of electricity"

  7. generation, multiplication, propagation(noun)

    the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. generation(noun)ˌdʒɛn əˈreɪ ʃən

    the people in a family or society who are in the same age range

    my grandmother's generation; the younger/older generation

  2. generationˌdʒɛn əˈreɪ ʃən

    the period of time between one age range in a family or society and the next

    The effects of pollution will be felt for many generations.

  3. generationˌdʒɛn əˈreɪ ʃən

    a stage in the development of a product

    the latest generation of digital camera

  4. generationˌdʒɛn əˈreɪ ʃən

    the production of sth

    the generation of nuclear energy

Wiktionary

  1. generation(Noun)

    The act of generating or begetting; procreation, as of animals.

  2. generation(Noun)

    Origination by some process, mathematical, chemical, or vital; production; formation; as, the generation of sounds, of gases, of curves, etc

  3. generation(Noun)

    That which is generated or brought forth; progeny; offspring.

  4. generation(Noun)

    A period of around thirty years, the average amount of time before a child takes the place of its parents.

  5. generation(Noun)

    A single step or stage in the succession of natural descent; a rank or remove in genealogy, or collectively the body of people who are of the same genealogical rank or remove from an ancestor; the mass of beings living at one time.

  6. generation(Noun)

    Race; kind; family; breed; stock.

    Thy mother's of my generation; what's she, if I be a dog? - Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, I-iii

  7. generation(Noun)

    The formation or production of any geometrical magnitude, as a line, a surface, a solid, by the motion, in accordance with a mathematical law, of a point or a magnitude; as, the generation of a line or curve by the motion of a point, of a surface by a line, a sphere by a semicircle, etc.

  8. generation(Noun)

    The aggregate of the functions and phenomena which attend reproduction.

    "There are four modes of generation in the animal kingdom: scissiparity or by fissiparous generation, gemmiparity or by budding, germiparity or by germs, and oviparity or by ova"

  9. Origin: From generacioun, from génération, from generatio, from generare; see generate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Generation(noun)

    the act of generating or begetting; procreation, as of animals

  2. Generation(noun)

    origination by some process, mathematical, chemical, or vital; production; formation; as, the generation of sounds, of gases, of curves, etc

  3. Generation(noun)

    that which is generated or brought forth; progeny; offspiring

  4. Generation(noun)

    a single step or stage in the succession of natural descent; a rank or remove in genealogy. Hence: The body of those who are of the same genealogical rank or remove from an ancestor; the mass of beings living at one period; also, the average lifetime of man, or the ordinary period of time at which one rank follows another, or father is succeeded by child, usually assumed to be one third of a century; an age

  5. Generation(noun)

    race; kind; family; breed; stock

  6. Generation(noun)

    the formation or production of any geometrical magnitude, as a line, a surface, a solid, by the motion, in accordance with a mathematical law, of a point or a magnitude; as, the generation of a line or curve by the motion of a point, of a surface by a line, a sphere by a semicircle, etc

  7. Generation(noun)

    the aggregate of the functions and phenomene which attend reproduction

Freebase

  1. Generation

    Generation, also known as biogenesis, reproduction, or procreation in biological sciences, is the act of producing offspring. In kinship terminology, it is a structural term designating the parent-child relationship. The term is also often used synonymously with cohort in social science, even though some researchers believe that this usage is misleading; under this formulation the term means "people within a delineated population who experience the same significant events within a given period of time." Generation in this sense of birth cohort, also known as a "social generation," is widely used in popular culture, and has been the basis for much social analysis. Serious analysis of generations began in the century, emerging from an increasing awareness of the possibility of permanent social change and the idea of youthful rebellion against the established social order. Some analysts believe that a generation is one of the fundamental social categories in a society, while others view its importance as being overshadowed by other factors such as class, gender, race, education and so on.

British National Corpus

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  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'generation' in Nouns Frequency: #663


Translations for generation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

generation(noun)

one stage in the descent of a family

All three generations; – children, parents and grandparents – lived together quite happily.

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