generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio) \

Definition of generation

1a : a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor
b : a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously the younger generation
c : a group of individuals having contemporaneously a status (such as that of students in a school) which each one holds only for a limited period
d : a type or class of objects usually developed from an earlier type first of the … new generation of powerful supersonic fighters— Kenneth Koyen
2a : the action or process of producing offspring : procreation
b : the process of coming or bringing into being generation of income
c : origination by a generating process : production especially : formation of a geometric figure by motion of another
3 : the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring

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Other Words from generation

generational \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce generation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
generationally \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈrā-​shnə-​lē How to pronounce generation (audio) , shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of generation in a Sentence

She was worshipped by a generation of moviegoers. He was a hero to generations of students. We need to preserve these resources for future generations. His books are popular among members of the younger generation. That family has lived in the same house for four generations. The house has been passed down in the family from generation to generation. He has held that position for a generation. No one dreamed that such things would be possible a generation ago. The company claims to be developing the next generation of portable computers.
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Recent Examples on the Web The next generation of social media, much of which has yet to be invented, will likely be decentralized and even less akin to entities that have been regulated as common carriers in the past. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "‘Stuffing Their Mouths with Gold’ — Selling the Biden/Yellen Tax Cartel," 10 Apr. 2021 Every sector, not just electricity generation, would need decarbonising. The Economist, "The bumps ahead for Joe Biden’s plan to decarbonise America," 10 Apr. 2021 The previous generation of courses focused on cultural awareness. NBC News, "Students lead US push for fuller Black history education," 9 Apr. 2021 Offshore wind is currently the most expensive form of mainstream power generation available – more than 3x the cost of a combined cycle natural gas plant on a $/MWh basis – when all factors are considered (see chart below). Ariel Cohen, Forbes, "Biden’s Big Bet On Offshore Wind," 9 Apr. 2021 Dollar Bank, a company headquartered in Pittsburgh, unveiled its new logo Thursday as part of a rebranding effort that will look more closely at the company’s next generation of customers. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wants to use more than $1 billion in relief money to balance unemployment fund: The Wake Up for Friday, April 9, 2021," 9 Apr. 2021 About a year ago, iPhone 12 specs rumors said that Apple was contemplating 120Hz screens for the 2020 iPhone generation but had concerns about battery life. Chris Smith, BGR, "Two key iPhone 13 Pro features just leaked," 9 Apr. 2021 In a report released this week, ERCOT said the massive loss in power generation during the state’s blackout was caused primarily by power plants freezing up under historically cold conditions. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio's CPS Energy blames 'acts of God,' ERCOT for death, damages during February's storm," 9 Apr. 2021 The Max, Boeing’s latest generation of the decades-old single-aisle workhorse, was grounded after two crashes five months apart in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019, in which 346 people were killed. Mary Schlangenstein, Fortune, "Boeing grounds dozens of 737 max jets after an electrical issue was found," 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of generation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for generation

Middle English generacioun "procreation, development, offspring, lineage," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French generacion, borrowed from Late Latin generātiōn-, generātiō, going back to Latin, "procreation," from generāre "to bring into being, generate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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“Generation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generation. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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generation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of generation

: a group of people born and living during the same time
: the people in a family born and living during the same time
: the average length of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their children

generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio) \

Kids Definition of generation

1 : those being a single step in a line originating from one ancestor This family has lived in town for four generations.
2 : a group of individuals born and living at about the same time the younger generation
3 : the act or process of producing or creating something the generation of heat

generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌjen-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio) \

Medical Definition of generation

1a : a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor
b : a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously
2 : the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring
3 : the action or process of producing offspring : procreation

Other Words from generation

generational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce generation (audio) \ adjective

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