The fact of creating something, or bringing something into being; production, creation.
* 1832 , (Charles Lyell), Principles of Geology , II:
The act of creating a living creature or organism; procreation.
* 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , IV.10:
- The generation of peat, when not completely under water, is confined to moist situations.
* 1626 , (Francis Bacon), Sylva Sylvarum :
- So all things else, that nourish vitall blood, / Soone as with fury thou doest them inspire, / In generation seek to quench their inward fire.
* c. 1605 , (William Shakespeare), Timon of Athens , First Folio 1623, I.3:
- Generation by Copulation (certainly) extendeth not to Plants.
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.
- Thy Mothers of my generation : what's she, if I be a Dogge?
- 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
(obsolete) Descendants, progeny; offspring.
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.
* 2008 , Edgar Thorpe, Objective English :
- All generations and ages of the Christian church -
A set stage in the development of computing or of a specific technology.
* 2009 , Paul Deital, Harvey Deital and Abbey Deital, iPhone for Programmers :
- 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.
(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; 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.
A specific age range in which each person in that range can relate culturally to one another.
- The first-generation iPhone was released in June 2007 and was an instant blockbuster success.
A version of a form of pop culture which differs from later or earlier versions.
- Generation X grew up in the eighties, whereas the generation known as the millennials grew up in the nineties.
- People sometimes dispute which generation of Star Trek is best, including the original and The Next Generation.
* alternate generation
* generation gap
* Generation X
* spontaneous generation
To sow seeds again; to resow or replant.
Of a non-perennial plant, to produce seeds to ensure the following generation without human intervention; to self-sow.
- When the birds ate the seeds he had planted, the farmer was forced to reseed the field.
(computing) To reset the input of an algorithm so as to ensure different results.
- The marigolds had reseeded themselves in the flower box, so he didn't have to buy new ones this year.
- The game reseeded its random number algorithm with a time-based value each time the game was restarted.