What does generation mean?

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ˌdʒɛn əˈreɪ ʃəngen·er·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coevals, contemporaries, generationnoun

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

  2. generationnoun

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

  3. generationnoun

    the normal time between successive generations

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

  4. generationnoun

    a stage of technological development or innovation

    "the third generation of computers"

  5. genesis, generationnoun

    a coming into being

  6. generationnoun

    the production of heat or electricity

    "dams were built for the generation of electricity"

  7. generation, multiplication, propagationnoun

    the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production

Wiktionary

  1. generationnoun

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

  2. generationnoun

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

  3. generationnoun

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

  4. generationnoun

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

  5. generationnoun

    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. generationnoun

    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. generationnoun

    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. generationnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Generationnoun

    Etymology: generation, French, from generate.

    Seals make excellent impressions; and so it may be thought of sounds in their first generation: but then the dilation of them, without any new sealing, shews they cannot be impressions. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    He longer will delay, to hear thee tell
    His generation, and the rising birth
    Of nature from the unapparent deep. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    If we deduce the several races of mankind in the several parts of the world from generation, we must imagine the first numbers of them, who in any place agree upon any civil constitutions, to assemble as so many heads of families whom they represent. William Temple.

    Y’are a dog.
    ———— Thy mother’s of my generation: what’s she, if I be a dog? William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    The barb’rous Scythian,
    Or he that makes his generation messes,
    To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom
    Be as well neighbour’d. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    This generation shall not pass ’till all these things be fulfilled. Mat. xxiv. 34.

    In the fourth generation they shall come hither again. Gen.

    A marvellous number were excited to the conquest of Palestine, which with singular virtue they performed, and held that kingdom some few generations. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    By some of the ancients a generation was fixed at an hundred years; by others at an hundred and ten; by others at thirty-three, thirty, thirty-five, and twenty: but it is remarked, that the continuance of generations is so much longer as they come nearer to the more ancient times. Augustin Calmet.

    Every where throughout all generations and ages of the Christian world, no church ever perceived the word of God to be against it. Richard Hooker.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Generationnoun

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

  2. Generationnoun

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

  3. Generationnoun

    that which is generated or brought forth; progeny; offspiring

  4. Generationnoun

    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. Generationnoun

    race; kind; family; breed; stock

  6. Generationnoun

    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. Generationnoun

    the aggregate of the functions and phenomene which attend reproduction

  8. Etymology: [OE. generacioun, F. gnration, fr.L. generatio.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. generation

    The act and process of to generate.

    The generation of income for the business is planned and generated easily and effectively.


    Submitted by MaryC on July 17, 2020  

Entomology

  1. Generation

    used as the equivalent of brood; q.v.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'generation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2094

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'generation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3169

  3. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of generation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of generation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of generation in a Sentence

  1. David Reichmuth:

    While the consumption of energy and products is driven by the consumer, that pollution is coming from the system that produces our electricity and produces our food and gets our goods around the country, the pollution is coming from the systems we use, not the consumers. It's coming from electricity generation, coal, fossil fuels and even fertilizer and animal waste.

  2. Wanda Dench:

    I would have missed out on a wonderful relationship, i've changed my view so much on the younger generation, and now that I've reflected back on all these years, I didn't change their life ; they changed Wanda Dench.

  3. Priscilla Leung:

    I have already bought some electronic candle lights and I plan to light them on the streets, it doesn't matter if it's one person or a few people, as long as there's fire in our hearts, we'll be able to pass on the message to the next generation.

  4. Bill Samuels Jr.:

    When you're old like me, you grew up in a family where what we did was not very respected for generation after generation after generation, to see all the spotlight on fine whiskys, I don't care where they're made, it's just great.

  5. Vlado Azinovic:

    We are seeing a completely new generation of children who were raised on the battlefield or near the battlefield, they are like a time bomb for any country they may end up in.

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