A generation can refer to a group of people who live at the same time and are about the same age. But generation is also the act of creating something, such as income, ideas or kids.

In 1965, Pete Townsend, the guitarist of The Who, wrote a song called "My Generation." The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and other popular musicians of the day were called β€œthe Woodstock Generation,” because they performed at a famous music festival in Woodstock, New York. Generation is used in another way when people credit those bands β€” along with Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones β€” with the generation of rock-and-roll culture.

Primary Meanings of generation

group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
the production of heat or electricity
Full Definitions of generation

n group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent

all future generations
baby boom, baby-boom generation
the larger than expected generation in United States born shortly after World War II
gen X, generation X
the generation following the baby boom (especially Americans and Canadians born in the 1960s and 1970s)
Type of:
biological group
a group of plants or animals

n the normal time between successive generations

“they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade”
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

n all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age

coevals, contemporaries
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youth culture
young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture
peer group
contemporaries of the same status
an urban youth culture associated with rap music and the fashions of African-American residents of the inner city
youth subculture
a minority youth culture whose distinctiveness depended largely on the social class and ethnic background of its members; often characterized by its adoption of a particular music genre
Type of:
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

n a stage of technological development or innovation

“the third generation of computers”
Type of:
phase, stage
any distinct time period in a sequence of events

n the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production

multiplication, propagation
biogenesis, biogeny
the production of living organisms from other living organisms
Type of:
breeding, facts of life, procreation, reproduction
the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring

n the production of heat or electricity

“dams were built for the generation of electricity”
Type of:
(economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale

n a coming into being

Type of:
the event consisting of the start of something

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