n.1.The act of generating or begetting; procreation, as of animals.
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; offspiring.
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.
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.
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 reproduced.
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.
Noun1.generation - all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
2.generation - group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
3.generation - the normal time between successive generations; "they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade"
4.generation - a stage of technological development or innovation; "the third generation of computers"
5.generation - a coming into being
Synonyms: genesis
6.generation - the production of heat or electricity; "dams were built for the generation of electricity"
7.generation - the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production
generation - An attempt to classify the degree of sophistication of programming languages.

See First generation language -- Fifth generation language.
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