generation

[jen-uh-rey-shuh n]

noun


Origin of generation

1250–1300; Middle English generacioun < Middle French < Latin generātiōn- (stem of generātiō). See generate, -ion
Related formsgen·er·a·tion·al, adjectivegen·er·a·tion·al·ly, adverbin·ter·gen·er·a·tion, nounpre·gen·er·a·tion, nounsub·gen·er·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for intergeneration

generation

noun

the act or process of bringing into being; production or reproduction, esp of offspring
  1. a successive stage in natural descent of organisms: the time between when an organism comes into being and when it reproduces
  2. the individuals produced at each stage
the normal or average time between two such generations of a species: about 35 years for humans
a phase or form in the life cycle of a plant or animal characterized by a particular type of reproductionthe gametophyte generation
all the people of approximately the same age, esp when considered as sharing certain attitudes, etc
production of electricity, heat, etc
physics a set of nuclei formed directly from a preceding set in a chain reaction
(modifier, in combination)
  1. belonging to a generation specified as having been born in or as having parents, grandparents, etc, born in a given countrya third-generation American
  2. belonging to a specified stage of development in manufacture, usually implying improvementa second-generation computer
Derived Formsgenerational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for intergeneration

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.

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intergeneration in Medicine

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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intergeneration in Science

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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