- one complete life cycle.
- one of the alternate phases that complete a life cycle having more than one phase: the gametophyte generation.
Origin of generation
Related Words for generationbreed, crop, time, bearing, origination, propagation, formation, procreation, reproduction, breeding, genesis, span, eon, rank, step, period, epoch, day, peers, aeon
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Contemporary Examples of generation
I watched SNL—the Eddie Murphy generation—and also SCTV with Rick Moranis.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
A place that has multiplied success for generation after generation of its children.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
This was a guy from the hip-hop generation and with a perspective that was inextricably linked to that generation.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
Changing public opinion, of course, will be the work of a generation or maybe two, but kudos to Stewart for getting it started.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It
December 31, 2014
Parker left the place that he knew for the possibilities that he would not have had in the Texas of a generation ago.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of generation
And the generation born after the Second World War has come of age.
For not only leadership is passed from generation to generation, but so is stewardship.
It was a gospel that had to be preached with tears and beseechings from one generation to another.The Conquest of Fear
For Gerald Raymount, it made a man of him—which he is not who is of no service to his generation.Weighed and Wanting
In the course of a generation he had become an established institution.Handel
Edward J. Dent
- a successive stage in natural descent of organisms: the time between when an organism comes into being and when it reproduces
- the individuals produced at each stage
- belonging to a generation specified as having been born in or as having parents, grandparents, etc, born in a given countrya third-generation American
- belonging to a specified stage of development in manufacture, usually implying improvementa second-generation computer
early 14c., "body of individuals born about the same period" (usually 30 years), from Old French generacion (12c.) and directly from Latin generationem (nominative generatio) "generating, generation," noun of action from past participle stem of generare "bring forth" (see genus). Meanings "act or process of procreation," "process of being formed," "offspring of the same parent" are late 14c.
Generation gap first recorded 1967; generation x is 1991, from Douglas Coupland book of that name; generation y attested by 1994. Related: Generational. Adjectival phrase first-generation, second-generation, etc. with reference to U.S. immigrants is from 1896.
- All of the offspring that are at the same stage of descent from a common ancestor.
- The average interval of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.