Definitions of generation

  1. the production of heat or electricity; " dams were built for the generation of electricity"
  2. group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
  3. a stage of technological development or innovation; " the third generation of computers"
  4. The act of generating or begetting; procreation, as of animals.
  5. Origination by some process, mathematical, chemical, or vital; production; formation; as, the generation of sounds, of gases, of curves, etc.
  6. That which is generated or brought forth; progeny; offspiring.
  7. 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.
  8. Race; kind; family; breed; stock.
  9. The aggregate of the functions and phenomene which attend reproduction.
  10. 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.
  11. Act of producing; people of one period; race or family.
  12. The act of generating; reproduction; origination.
  13. A step in descent; the individuals existing at one time, or their average lifetime.
  14. Race; progeny.
  15. 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.
  16. Production; formation; an age; people of the same period; a family; a race.
  17. Production; formation; the individuals of a species equally remote from a common ancestor, - see alternation of generations.