- Date: 14th century
- b : a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously
- c : a group of individuals having contemporaneously a status (as that of students in a school) which each one holds only for a limited period
- d : a type or class of objects usually developed from an earlier type <first of the…new generation of powerful supersonic fighters — Kenneth Koyen>
- b : the process of coming or bringing into being <generation of income>
- c : origination by a generating process : production; especially : formation of a geometric figure by motion of another
Generation (from the Latin generāre meaning to beget), also known as procreation, is the act of producing offspring. In a more generic sense, it can also refer to the act of creating something inanimate such as electrical generation or cryptographic code generation.
A generation can also be a stage or degree in a succession of natural descent as a grandfather, a father, and the father's son comprise three generations. A generation can refer to stages of successive improvement in the development of a technology such as the internal combustion engine, or successive iterations of products with planned obsolescence, such as video game consoles or mobile phones.