noun all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
noun group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
noun the normal time between successive generations
they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade
noun a stage of technological development or innovation
the third generation of computers
noun a coming into being
noun the production of heat or electricity
dams were built for the generation of electricity
noun the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production
OE. generacioun, F. génération, fr.L. generatio.
The act of generating or begetting; procreation, as of animals.
Origination by some process, mathematical, chemical, or vital; production; formation; as, the generation of sounds, of gases, of curves, etc.
That which is generated or brought forth; progeny; offspiring.
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.
This is the book of the generations of Adam.
Gen. v. 1.
Ye shall remain there [in Babylon] many years, and for a long season, namely, seven generations.
Baruch vi. 3.
All generations and ages of the Christian church.
Race; kind; family; breed; stock.
Thy mother's of my generation; what's she, if I be a dog?
(Geom.)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.
(Biol.)The aggregate of the functions and phenomene 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.