Definitions of generation

  1. the normal time between successive generations; " they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade"
  2. the production of heat or electricity; " dams were built for the generation of electricity"
  3. a coming into being
  4. group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
  5. a stage of technological development or innovation; " the third generation of computers"
  6. The act of generating or begetting; procreation, as of animals.
  7. Origination by some process, mathematical, chemical, or vital; production; formation; as, the generation of sounds, of gases, of curves, etc.
  8. That which is generated or brought forth; progeny; offspiring.
  9. 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.
  10. Race; kind; family; breed; stock.
  11. The aggregate of the functions and phenomene which attend reproduction.
  12. A producing or originating: that which is generated: a single stage in natural descent: the people of the same age or period: race:- pl. ( B.) genealogy, history.
  13. Act of producing; people of one period; race or family.
  14. The act of generating; reproduction; origination.
  15. A step in descent; the individuals existing at one time, or their average lifetime.
  16. Race; progeny.
  17. The act of generating; production; a single succession in natural descent, as the children of the same parents; an age; the people living at the same time; a series of descendants from the same stock; a race; offspring. Spontaneous generation, the presumed production of a plant or an animal without derivation from a parent.
  18. Production; formation; an age; people of the same period; a family; a race.
  19. Production; formation; the individuals of a species equally remote from a common ancestor, - see alternation of generations.

Usage examples for generation

  1. " I have dreaded that there was one in the present generation," the Colonel answered with stern gravity. – Blake's Burden by Harold Bindloss
  2. Every generation finds its account in them. – Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry by Thomas Davis Commentator: T. W. Rolleston
  3. The house is full of the young generation. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul
  4. He saw the girls who have married out of their generation. – The Disturbing Charm by Berta Ruck
  5. The university students of a generation ago- where are they to- day? – On the Firing Line in Education by Adoniram Judson Ladd
  6. Each generation is as independent of the one preceding, as that was of all which had gone before. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  7. I go in for your generation. – The Parisians, Book 11. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  8. It shows us each generation leaning over the generation that shall follow. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  9. We shan't get them back again, this generation. – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  10. Now let me start with my generation, with the grandparents out there. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  11. There is work enough and to spare for them all- and will be, to all appearance, for many a generation to come. – The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians by G. G. Findlay
  12. To this end, from generation to generation, these early Pepins steadily moved. – A Short History of France by Mary Platt Parmele
  13. This is the lost chamber, the secret of which had perished for well nigh a generation, till kindly fortune made it known to us. – The Secret Chamber at Chad by Evelyn Everett-Green
  14. Perhaps the best thing that can be wished for Germany, and through her for Europe, in the next generation, is that she should learn as much from our tradition as we have learned from her. – The Unity of Civilization by Various
  15. Man may stand on the earth generation after generation, and yet each birth be his positively last appearance. – Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  16. During the first generation after 1871 few great statutes were enacted, save those of a constitutional character. – The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg
  17. Marriage is forbidden between persons so closely connected as to have a common ancestor in the third generation. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  18. If one mind is neglected, then we fail as a generation, a state, a nation, as members of the human family, to answer the highest purposes of existence. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell