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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (7)

1. all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age;
[syn: coevals, contemporaries, generation]

2. group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent;

3. the normal time between successive generations;
- Example: "they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade"

4. a stage of technological development or innovation;
- Example: "the third generation of computers"

5. a coming into being;
[syn: genesis, generation]

6. the production of heat or electricity;
- Example: "dams were built for the generation of electricity"

7. the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production;
[syn: generation, multiplication, propagation]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Generation \Gen`er*a"tion\, n. [OE. generacioun, F. g['e]n['e]ration, fr.L. generatio.] 1. The act of generating or begetting; procreation, as of animals. [1913 Webster] 2. Origination by some process, mathematical, chemical, or vital; production; formation; as, the generation of sounds, of gases, of curves, etc. [1913 Webster] 3. That which is generated or brought forth; progeny; offspiring. [1913 Webster] 4. A single step or stage in the succession of natural descent; a rank or remove in genealogy. Hence: The body of those who are of the same genealogical rank or remove from an ancestor; the mass of beings living at one period; also, the average lifetime of man, or the ordinary period of time at which one rank follows another, or father is succeeded by child, usually assumed to be one third of a century; an age. [1913 Webster] This is the book of the generations of Adam. --Gen. v. 1. [1913 Webster] Ye shall remain there [in Babylon] many years, and for a long season, namely, seven generations. --Baruch vi. 3. [1913 Webster] All generations and ages of the Christian church. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 5. Race; kind; family; breed; stock. [1913 Webster] Thy mother's of my generation; what's she, if I be a dog? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. (Geom.) The formation or production of any geometrical magnitude, as a line, a surface, a solid, by the motion, in accordance with a mathematical law, of a point or a magnitude; as, the generation of a line or curve by the motion of a point, of a surface by a line, a sphere by a semicircle, etc. [1913 Webster] 7. (Biol.) The aggregate of the functions and phenomene which attend reproduction. [1913 Webster] Note: There are four modes of generation in the animal kingdom: scissiparity or by fissiparous generation, gemmiparity or by budding, germiparity or by germs, and oviparity or by ova. [1913 Webster] Alternate generation (Biol.), alternation of sexual with asexual generation, in which the products of one process differ from those of the other, -- a form of reproduction common both to animal and vegetable organisms. In the simplest form, the organism arising from sexual generation produces offspiring unlike itself, agamogenetically. These, however, in time acquire reproductive organs, and from their impregnated germs the original parent form is reproduced. In more complicated cases, the first series of organisms produced agamogenetically may give rise to others by a like process, and these in turn to still other generations. Ultimately, however, a generation is formed which develops sexual organs, and the original form is reproduced. Spontaneous generation (Biol.), the fancied production of living organisms without previously existing parents from inorganic matter, or from decomposing organic matter, a notion which at one time had many supporters; abiogenesis. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

generation n 1: all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age [syn: coevals, contemporaries, generation] 2: group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent 3: the normal time between successive generations; "they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade" 4: a stage of technological development or innovation; "the third generation of computers" 5: a coming into being [syn: genesis, generation] 6: the production of heat or electricity; "dams were built for the generation of electricity" 7: the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production [syn: generation, multiplication, propagation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

83 Moby Thesaurus words for "generation": Platonic year, abiogenesis, aeon, age, age group, annus magnus, archigenesis, authorship, begetting, beginning, biogenesis, birth, blastogenesis, breeding, coinage, conception, concoction, contrivance, contriving, creation, creative effort, crop, crossbreeding, cycle, cycle of indiction, date, day, days, development, devising, digenesis, dissogeny, endogamy, engenderment, epigenesis, epoch, era, establishment, eumerogenesis, fabrication, fathering, formation, formulation, genesis, great year, hatching, heterogenesis, histogenesis, homogenesis, improvisation, inbreeding, inception, indiction, initiation, institution, invention, isogenesis, life, lifetime, linebreeding, making do, merogenesis, metagenesis, mintage, monogenesis, multiplication, origination, orthogenesis, outbreeding, pangenesis, parthenogenesis, period, period of existence, procreation, production, proliferation, propagation, reproduction, spontaneous generation, start, time, times, xenogamy
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

generation An attempt to classify the degree of sophistication of programming languages. See First generation language -- Fifth generation language. (1995-06-15)
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Generation Gen. 2:4, "These are the generations," means the "history." 5:1, "The book of the generations," means a family register, or history of Adam. 37:2, "The generations of Jacob" = the history of Jacob and his descendants. 7:1, "In this generation" = in this age. Ps. 49:19, "The generation of his fathers" = the dwelling of his fathers, i.e., the grave. Ps. 73:15, "The generation of thy children" = the contemporary race. Isa. 53:8, "Who shall declare his generation?" = His manner of life who shall declare? or rather = His race, posterity, shall be so numerous that no one shall be able to declare it. In Matt. 1:17, the word means a succession or series of persons from the same stock. Matt. 3:7, "Generation of vipers" = brood of vipers. 24:34, "This generation" = the persons then living contemporary with Christ. 1 Pet. 2:9, "A chosen generation" = a chosen people. The Hebrews seem to have reckoned time by the generation. In the time of Abraham a generation was an hundred years, thus: Gen. 15:16, "In the fourth generation" = in four hundred years (comp. verse 13 and Ex. 12:40). In Deut. 1:35 and 2:14 a generation is a period of thirty-eight years.