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GENERATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does generation mean? 

GENERATION (noun)
  The noun GENERATION has 7 senses:

1. all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
2. group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
3. the normal time between successive generations
4. a stage of technological development or innovation
5. a coming into being
6. the production of heat or electricity
7. the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production

  Familiarity information: GENERATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


GENERATION (noun)


Sense 1generation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

All the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

coevals; contemporaries; generation

Hypernyms ("generation" is a kind of...):

people ((plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "generation"):

youth culture (young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture)

peer group (contemporaries of the same status)


Sense 2generation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("generation" is a kind of...):

biological group (a group of plants or animals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "generation"):

posterity (all future generations)

baby boom; baby-boom generation (the larger than expected generation in United States born shortly after World War II)

gen X; generation X (the generation following the baby boom (especially Americans and Canadians born in the 1960s and 1970s))


Sense 3generation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The normal time between successive generations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Context example:

they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade

Hypernyms ("generation" is a kind of...):

period; period of time; time period (an amount of time)


Sense 4generation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stage of technological development or innovation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Context example:

the third generation of computers

Hypernyms ("generation" is a kind of...):

phase; stage (any distinct time period in a sequence of events)


Sense 5generation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A coming into being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

genesis; generation

Hypernyms ("generation" is a kind of...):

beginning (the event consisting of the start of something)


Sense 6generation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The production of heat or electricity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

dams were built for the generation of electricity

Hypernyms ("generation" is a kind of...):

production ((economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale)


Sense 7generation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

multiplication; propagation; generation

Hypernyms ("generation" is a kind of...):

breeding; facts of life; procreation; reproduction (the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "generation"):

biogenesis; biogeny (the production of living organisms from other living organisms)


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