English generation definition
From Anglo-Norman generacioun, Middle French generacion, and their source, Latin generātiō, from generāre, present active infinitive of generō (“to beget, generate”). Compare generate.
generation (countable and uncountable, plural generations)
- The act of creating something or bringing something into being; production, creation. [from 14th c.]
- 1832, Charles Lyell, Principles of Geology, II:
- The generation of peat, when not completely under water, is confined to moist situations.
- The act of creating a living creature or organism; procreation. [from 14th c.]
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.10:
- So all things else, that nourish vitall blood, / Soone as with fury thou doest them inspire, / In generation seek to quench their inward fire.
- 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum:
- Generation by Copulation (certainly) extendeth not to Plants.
1658, Thomas Browne, “The Garden of Cyrus. […]. Chapter V.”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, […] Together with The Garden of Cyrus, […], London: […] Hen[ry] Brome […], OCLC 48702491; reprinted as Hydriotaphia (The English Replicas), New York, N.Y.: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1927, OCLC 78413388, page 192: According to that Cabaliſticall Dogma: If Abram had not had this Letter [i.e., ה (he)] added unto his Name he had remained fruitleſſe, and without the power of generation: […] So that being ſterill before, he received the power of generation from that meaſure and manſion in the Archetype; and was made conformable unto Binah.
he, hei: the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, after ד and before ו. (1 of 2 ה definitions
- (now US, dialectal) Race, family; breed. [from 14th c.]
- c. 1605, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, First Folio 1623, I.3:
- Thy Mothers of my generation: what's she, if I be a Dogge?
- A single step or stage in the succession of natural descent; a rank or degree in genealogy, the members of a family from the same parents, considered as a single unit. [from 14th c.]
- This is the book of the generations of Adam - Genesis 5:1
- Ye shall remain there [in Babylon] many years, and for a long season, namely, seven generations - Baruch 6:3
- All generations and ages of the Christian church - Richard Hooker
The symbol for rank
- (obsolete) Descendants, progeny; offspring. [15th-19th c.]
- The average amount of time needed for children to grow up and have children of their own, generally considered to be a period of around thirty years, used as a measure of time. [from 17th c.]
2008, Edgar Thorpe, Objective English:
Before the independence of India the books of Dr P. K. Yadav presented a fundamental challenge to the accepted ideas of race relations that, two generations later, will be true of the writings of the radical writers of the 1970s.
- A set stage in the development of computing or of a specific technology. [from 20th c.]
- 2009, Paul Deital, Harvey Deital and Abbey Deital, iPhone for Programmers:
- The first-generation iPhone was released in June 2007 and was an instant blockbuster success.
- (geometry) 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, by the motion of a point, of a surface by a line, a sphere by a semicircle, etc.
- the generation of a line or curve
- A group of people born in a specific range of years and whose members can relate culturally to one another.
- Generation X grew up in the eighties, whereas the generation known as the millennials grew up in the nineties.
- A version of a form of pop culture which differs from later or earlier versions.
- People sometimes dispute which generation of Star Trek is best, including the original and The Next Generation.
- (television) A copy of a recording made from an earlier copy and thus further degraded in quality.
- 2014, K. G. Jackson, G. B. Townsend, TV & Video Engineer's Reference Book
- With one-inch C format or half-inch Betacam used in the component mode, quality loss through additional generations is not such a problem. In this situation, it would be usual to make the necessary alterations while re-recording onto a third generation master […]
- 2002, Keith Jack, Vladimir Tsatsoulin, Dictionary of Video and Television Technology (page 131)
- Each generation away from the original or master produces increased degradation in the image quality.
An electronic communication medium that allows the transmission of real-time visual images, and often sound. (1 of 4 television definitions
origination by some process; formation
act of generating or begetting; procreation
that which is generated or brought forth
period of around thirty years
single step in the succession of natural descent
- Albanian: gjeneratë f
- Arabic: جِيل (jīl), نَسْل (ar) m (nasl)
- Hebrew: דָּרָא (dārā)
- Syriac: ܕܪܐ (dārā)
- Armenian: սերունդ (hy) (serund)
- Azerbaijani: nəsil (az)
- Bashkir: быуын (bïwïn)
- Belarusian: пакале́нне n (pakaljénnje)
- Bulgarian: поколе́ние (bg) n (pokolénie)
- Burmese: မျိုးဆက် (my) (myui:hcak)
- Catalan: generació (ca) f
- Mandarin: 輩 (zh), 辈 (zh) (bèi), 代 (zh) (dài), 世代 (zh) (shìdài)
- Czech: generace (cs) f, pokolení (cs) n, generace (cs) f
- Danish: generation, slægtled n
- Dutch: generatie (nl)
- Estonian: põlvkond
- Ewe: dzidzime n
- Faroese: ættarlið n, ættarliður m
- Finnish: sukupolvi (fi)
- French: génération (fr) f
- Galician: xeración (gl) f
- Georgian: თაობა (taoba)
- German: Generation (de) f, Geschlecht (de) n
- Greek: γενιά (el) f (geniá)
- Ancient: γενεά f (geneá)
- Hebrew: דּוֹר (he) (dór)
- Hindi: पीढ़ी (hi) f (pīṛhī), पुश्त (hi) m (puśt), नस्ल m (nasla)
- Hungarian: nemzedék (hu), generáció (hu)
- Icelandic: kynslóð f
- Indonesian: generasi (id)
- Japanese: 世代 (ja) (せだい, sedai)
- Kazakh: ұрпақ (urpaq)
- Khmer: ជំនាន់ (km) (cumnŏən), ញាតិ (km) (ñiət)
- Korean: 세대 (ko) (sedae)
- Kyrgyz: муун (ky) (muun)
- Lao: ຮຸ່ນ (hun), ສ່ຳ (sam)
- Latvian: paaudze
- Lithuanian: karta (lt) f
- Macedonian: генерација f (generacija), поколение n (pokolenie)
- Maori: reanga, whakareanga, whakatupuranga, whakatipuranga, whakapaparanga
- Mongolian: үүсэл (mn) (üüsel)
- Bokmål: generasjon m
- Pashto: نسل (ps) m (násәl)
- Persian: نسل (fa) (nasl)
- Plautdietsch: Jennerazion f
- Polish: pokolenie (pl) n
- Portuguese: geração (pt) f
- Romanian: generație (ro) f
- Russian: поколе́ние (ru) n (pokolénije)
- Scottish Gaelic: ginealach m, linn m or f, glùn f
- Cyrillic: поколење n, покољење n, генерација f
- Roman: pokolenje n, pokoljenje (sh) n, generacija (sh) f
- Slovak: pokolenie n, generácia f
- Slovene: generacija (sl) f
- Spanish: generación (es) f
- Swahili: kizazi (sw) 7 or 8
- Swedish: generation (sv)
- Tajik: насл (tg) (nasl)
- Thai: รุ่น (th) (rûn), คราว (th) (kraao), ปูน (th) (bpuun), โคตร (th) (kôot)
- Turkish: nesil (tr)
- Turkmen: nesil
- Ukrainian: поколі́ння (uk) n (pokolínnja)
- Urdu: پیڑھی f (pīṛhī), نسل f (nasl)
- Uyghur: نەسىل (nesil), بوغۇن (boghun)
- Uzbek: avlod (uz), nasl (uz)
- Vietnamese: thế hệ (vi)
- Walloon: djermêye (wa) f, djeneråcion (wa) f
- Yiddish: דור m (dor)
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Danish generation definition
generation c (singular definite generationen, plural indefinite generationer)
- generation (organisms or devices born or designed at the same time)
Middle French generation definition
Borrowed from Latin generatio.
generation f (plural generations)
- generation (procreation; begetting)
- generation (rank or degree in genealogy)
Swedish generation definition
- a generation