noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor b. a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously c. a group of individuals having contemporaneously a status (as that of students in a school) which each one holds only for a limited period d. a type or class of objects usually developed from an earlier type <
first of the…new generation of powerful supersonic fighters — Kenneth Koyen
2. a. the action or process of producing offspring ; procreation b. the process of coming or bringing into being <
generation of income
c. origination by a generating process ; production; especially formation of a geometric figure by motion of another 3. the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring • generational adjectivegenerationally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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