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  1. gen·er·a·tion
    IPA[ˌjenəˈrāSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively:

      one of his generation's finest songwriters
      Synonym : crop, batch, wave, type, range
    • 2. the average period, generally considered to be about thirty years, during which children are born and grow up, become adults, and begin to have children of their own:

      the same families have lived here for generations
      Synonym : ages, an age, years, eons, an eon, a long time, an eternity, donkey's years, yonks
    • 3. a set of members of a family regarded as a single step or stage in descent:

      a third-generation Canadian
    • 4. a single stage in the development of a type of product:

      a new generation of rear-engined sports cars
    • 5. the production of something:

      methods of electricity generation the generation of wealth
      Synonym : creation, causing, causation, making, engendering, spawning, production, initiation, origination, inception, occasioning, prompting, kindling, triggering, inspiration
    • 6. the propagation of living organisms; procreation.

      Synonym : procreation, reproduction, propagation, breeding, fathering, siring, engendering, spawning, creation, begetting
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: generation, plural noun: generations

    • noun

      all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively:

      the average period, generally considered to be about thirty years, in which children grow up, become adults, and have children of their own:

    • adjective

      designating the first of a generation to become a citizen in a new country.

      designating the first of a generation to be born in a country of parents who had immigrated:

    • noun

      the generation reaching maturity during and just after World War I, a high proportion of whose men were killed during those years.

      an unfulfilled generation coming to maturity during a period of instability.

    • adjective

      denoting the offspring of parents who have immigrated to a particular country:

      of a more advanced stage of technology than previous models or systems:

    • noun

      the generation born after that of the baby boomers (roughly from the early 1960s to late 1970s), typically perceived to be disaffected and directionless:
    • noun

      the Aboriginal people forcibly removed from their families as children between the 1900s and the 1960s, to be brought up by white foster families or in institutions.
    • noun

      the supposed production of living organisms from nonliving matter, as inferred from the apparent appearance of life in some supposedly sterile environments.
    • adjective

      denoting a proposed new class of computer or programming language employing artificial intelligence.
    • noun

      a member of Generation Y (born in the 1980s and 1990s):
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