|1.||to produce or bring into being; create|
|2.||(also intr) to produce (electricity), esp in a power station|
|3.||to produce (a substance) by a chemical process|
|4.||maths, linguistics to provide a precise criterion or specification for membership in (a set): these rules will generate all the noun phrases in English|
|5.||geometry to trace or form by moving a point, line, or plane in a specific way: circular motion of a line generates a cylinder|
|[C16: from Latin generāre to beget, from genus kind]|
generatevt. To produce something according to an algorithm or program or set of rules, or as a (possibly unintended) side effect of the execution of an algorithm or program. The opposite of parse. This term retains its mechanistic connotations (though often humorously) when used of human behavior. "The guy is rational most of the time, but mention nuclear energy around him and he'll generate infinite flamage."