Meaning of generation
Pronunciation: ( jen"u-rā'shun), [key]
- the entire body of individuals born and living at about the same time: the postwar generation.
- the term of years, roughly 30 among human beings, accepted as the average period between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.
- a group of individuals, most of whom are the same approximate age, having similar ideas, problems, attitudes, etc. Cf. Beat Generation, Lost Generation.
- a group of individuals belonging to a specific category at the same time: Chaplin belonged to the generation of silent-screen stars.
- a single step in natural descent, as of human beings, animals, or plants.
- a form, type, class, etc., of objects existing at the same time and having many similarities or developed from a common model or ancestor: a new generation of computers.
- the offspring of a certain parent or couple, considered as a step in natural descent.
- the act or process of generating; procreation.
- the state of being generated.
- production by natural or artificial processes; evolution, as of heat or sound.
- the gametophyte generation.
- one complete life cycle.
- one of the alternate phases that complete a life cycle having more than one phase:the gametophyte generation.
- the production of a geometrical figure by the motion of another figure.
- one of the successive sets of nuclei produced in a chain reaction.
- (in duplicating processes, as photocopying, film, etc.) the distance in duplicating steps that a copy is from the original work.
- generation (Thesaurus)