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Pronunciation:  `jenu'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production
  2. [n]  the production of heat or electricity; "dams were built for the generation of electricity"
  3. [n]  a coming into being
  4. [n]  group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
  5. [n]  all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
  6. [n]  a stage of technological development or innovation; "the third generation of computers"
  7. [n]  the normal time between successive generations; "they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade"

GENERATION is a 10 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: coevals, contemporaries, genesis, multiplication, propagation
 See Also: baby boom, beginning, biogenesis, biogeny, biological group, breeding, facts of life, peer group, people, period, period of time, phase, posterity, procreation, production, reproduction, stage, time period, youth culture



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gen`er*a"tion\, n. [OE. generacioun, F.
g['e]n['e]ration, fr.L. generatio.]
1. The act of generating or begetting; procreation, as of

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

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

4. 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.

         All generations and ages of the Christian church.

5. Race; kind; family; breed; stock.

         Thy mother's of my generation; what's she, if I be a
         dog?                                  --Shak.

6. (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.

7. (Biol.) The aggregate of the functions and phenomene which
   attend reproduction.

Note: 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.

{Alternate generation} (Biol.), alternation of sexual with
   asexual generation, in which the products of one process
   differ from those of the other, -- a form of reproduction
   common both to animal and vegetable organisms. In the
   simplest form, the organism arising from sexual generation
   produces offspiring unlike itself, agamogenetically.
   These, however, in time acquire reproductive organs, and
   from their impregnated germs the original parent form is
   reproduced. In more complicated cases, the first series of
   organisms produced agamogenetically may give rise to
   others by a like process, and these in turn to still other
   generations. Ultimately, however, a generation is formed
   which develops sexual organs, and the original form is

{Spontaneous generation} (Biol.), the fancied production of
   living organisms without previously existing parents from
   inorganic matter, or from decomposing organic matter, a
   notion which at one time had many supporters; abiogenesis.

Computing Dictionary

An attempt to classify the degree of sophistication of programming languages.

See first generation language -- fifth generation language.

Easton Bible Dictionary

Gen. 2:4, "These are the generations," means the "history." 5:1, "The book of the generations," means a family register, or history of Adam. 37:2, "The generations of Jacob" = the history of Jacob and his descendants. 7:1, "In this generation" = in this age. Ps. 49:19, "The generation of his fathers" = the dwelling of his fathers, i.e., the grave. Ps. 73:15, "The generation of thy children" = the contemporary race. Isa. 53:8, "Who shall declare his generation?" = His manner of life who shall declare? or rather = His race, posterity, shall be so numerous that no one shall be able to declare it.

In Matt. 1:17, the word means a succession or series of persons from the same stock. Matt. 3:7, "Generation of vipers" = brood of vipers. 24:34, "This generation" = the persons then living contemporary with Christ. 1 Pet. 2:9, "A chosen generation" = a chosen people.

The Hebrews seem to have reckoned time by the generation. In the time of Abraham a generation was an hundred years, thus: Gen. 15:16, "In the fourth generation" = in four hundred years (comp. verse 13 and Ex. 12:40). In Deut. 1:35 and 2:14 a generation is a period of thirty-eight years.

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