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 “the 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 — along with Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones — with the generation of rock-and-roll culture.

Definitions of generation
  1. noun
    group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
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    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
  2. noun
    the normal time between successive generations
    “they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade”
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    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  3. noun
    all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
    synonyms: 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
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    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  4. noun
    a stage of technological development or innovation
    “the third generation of computers”
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    phase, stage
    any distinct time period in a sequence of events
  5. noun
    the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production
    synonyms: multiplication, propagation
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    biogenesis, biogeny
    the production of living organisms from other living organisms
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    breeding, facts of life, procreation, reproduction
    the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
  6. noun
    the production of heat or electricity
    “dams were built for the generation of electricity”
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    (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale
  7. noun
    a coming into being
    synonyms: genesis
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    the event consisting of the start of something
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