generation

[ jen-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌdʒɛn əˈreɪ ʃən /

noun


Nearby words

  1. generalized xanthelasma,
  2. generally,
  3. generalship,
  4. generate,
  5. generating plant,
  6. generation c,
  7. generation gap,
  8. generation jones,
  9. generation x,
  10. generation xl

Origin of generation

1250–1300; Middle English generacioun < Middle French < Latin generātiōn- (stem of generātiō). See generate, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for generation

generation

/ (ˌdʒɛnəˈreɪʃən) /

noun

Derived Formsgenerational, adjective

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Word Origin and History for generation

generation

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for generation

generation

[ jĕn′ə-rāshən ]

n.

A form or stage in the life cycle of an organism.
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.
A group of individuals born and living about the same time.
A group of generally contemporaneous individuals regarded as having common cultural or social characteristics and attitudes.
The act or process of generating; origination, production, or procreation.

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Science definitions for generation

generation

[ jĕn′ə-rāshən ]

  1. All of the offspring that are at the same stage of descent from a common ancestor.
  2. The average interval of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.
A form or stage in the life cycle of an organism. See more at alternation of generations.
The formation of a line or geometric figure by the movement of a point or line.
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