|1.||the act or process of bringing into being; production or reproduction, esp of offspring|
|2.||a. a successive stage in natural descent of organisms: the time between when an organism comes into being and when it reproduces|
|b. the individuals produced at each stage|
|3.||the normal or average time between two such generations of a species: about 35 years for humans|
|4.||a phase or form in the life cycle of a plant or animal characterized by a particular type of reproduction: the gametophyte generation|
|5.||all the people of approximately the same age, esp when considered as sharing certain attitudes, etc|
|6.||production of electricity, heat, etc|
|7.||physics a set of nuclei formed directly from a preceding set in a chain reaction|
|8.||(modifier, in combination)|
|a. belonging to a generation specified as having been born in or as having parents, grandparents, etc, born in a given country: a third-generation American|
|b. belonging to a specified stage of development in manufacture, usually implying improvement: a second-generation computer|
generation gen·er·a·tion (jěn'ə-rā'shən)
A form or stage in the life cycle of an organism.
All of the offspring that are at the same stage of descent from a common ancestor.
The average interval of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.
A group of individuals born and living about the same time.
A group of generally contemporaneous individuals regarded as having common cultural or social characteristics and attitudes.
The act or process of generating; origination, production, or procreation.
|generation (jěn'ə-rā'shən) Pronunciation Key
Gen. 2:4, "These are the generations," means the "history." 5:1, "The book of the generations," means a family register, or history of Adam. 37:2, "The generations of Jacob" = the history of Jacob and his descendants. 7:1, "In this generation" = in this age. Ps. 49:19, "The generation of his fathers" = the dwelling of his fathers, i.e., the grave. Ps. 73:15, "The generation of thy children" = the contemporary race. Isa. 53:8, "Who shall declare his generation?" = His manner of life who shall declare? or rather = His race, posterity, shall be so numerous that no one shall be able to declare it. In Matt. 1:17, the word means a succession or series of persons from the same stock. Matt. 3:7, "Generation of vipers" = brood of vipers. 24:34, "This generation" = the persons then living contemporary with Christ. 1 Pet. 2:9, "A chosen generation" = a chosen people. The Hebrews seem to have reckoned time by the generation. In the time of Abraham a generation was an hundred years, thus: Gen. 15:16, "In the fourth generation" = in four hundred years (comp. verse 13 and Ex. 12:40). In Deut. 1:35 and 2:14 a generation is a period of thirty-eight years.