1 the act or process of bringing into being; production or reproduction, esp. of offspring
2 a successive stage in natural descent of people or animals or the individuals produced at each stage
3 the normal or average time between two such generations of a species: about 35 years for humans
4 a phase or form in the life cycle of a plant or animal characterized by a particular type of reproduction
the gametophyte generation
5 all the people of approximately the same age, esp. when considered as sharing certain attitudes, etc.
6 production of electricity, heat, etc.
7 (Physics) a set of nuclei formed directly from a preceding set in a chain reaction
8 modifier, in combination
a belonging to a generation specified as having been born in or as having parents, grandparents, etc., born in a given country
a third-generation American
b belonging to a specified stage of development in manufacture, usually implying improvement
a second-generation computer
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