|1.||[ noun ] all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age|
|Related terms:||people peer_group youth_culture Beat_Generation|
|2.||[ noun ] (biology) group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent|
|Related terms:||biological_group posterity baby_boom gen_x beget|
|3.||[ noun ] the normal time between successive generations|
"they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade"
|4.||[ noun ] (economics,business) the production of heat or electricity|
"dams were built for the generation of electricity"
|Related terms:||production render|
|5.||[ noun ] a coming into being|
|Related terms:||beginning generate|
|6.||[ noun ] a stage of technological development or innovation|
"the third generation of computers"
|Related terms:||phase generate|
|7.||[ noun ] (biology,sexuality) the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production|
|Related terms:||reproduction biogenesis beget breed reproduce propagate|