Definition of generation :
1. A single step or stage in the succession of natural descent; a rank or remove in genealogy. Hence: The body of those who are of the same genealogical rank or remove from an ancestor; the mass of beings living at one period; also, the average lifetime of man, or the ordinary period of time at which one rank follows another, or father is succeeded by child, usually assumed to be one third of a century; an age.
2. Origination by some process, mathematical, chemical, or vital; production; formation; as, the generation of sounds, of gases, of curves, etc.
3. Race; kind; family; breed; stock.
4. That which is generated or brought forth; progeny; offspiring.
5. The act of generating or begetting; procreation, as of animals.
6. The aggregate of the functions and phenomene which attend reproduction.
cause (part of speech: noun)
elicitation, motivator, grounds, evocation, action, inspiration, factor, enforcement, determinant, compunction, root, origination, mainspring, stimulus, cause, drive, execution, effectuation, motive, source, provocation, compulsion, basis, force
age (part of speech: noun)
creation (part of speech: noun)
point of time (part of speech: noun)
production (part of speech: noun)
- Such experience comes but to one generation. - "A Man and a Woman", Stanley Waterloo.
- I can never forget the look of tender pity cast on me as I was sitting in our old seat in church, looking at seats filled by another generation. - "An Autobiography", Catherine Helen Spence.
- She would have concluded that she didn't understand because she was too old, because she was out of touch with the elasticities of the younger generation, but Wemyss must be very nearly as old as herself. - "Vera", Elisabeth von Arnim.