American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bring into being; give rise to: generate a discussion.
- v. To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process: generate heat.
- v. To engender (offspring); procreate.
- v. Mathematics To form (a geometric figure) by describing a curve or surface.
- v. Computer Science To produce (a program) by instructing a computer to follow given parameters with a skeleton program.
- v. Linguistics To construct (a sentence, for example), as in generative grammar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beget; procreate; engender by sexual union.
- To produce; cause to be; bring into life.
- To cause; form; give origin to.
- In mathematics, to give rise to, as to a geometrical figure; especially, to move so that the locus of the motion shall constitute (the figure specified): thus, a right line moving with one point fixed generates a conical surface.
- To produce; evolve; as electricity, force, friction, gas, heat, light, velocity, etc.
- In music, of a tone fundamental to a chord, to suggest or fix (the remaining tones of the harmony).
- v. transitive To bring into being; give rise to.
- v. transitive To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process.
- v. transitive To procreate, beget.
- v. transitive, mathematics To form a figure from a curve or solid.
- v. intransitive To appear or occur; be generated.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To beget; to procreate; to propagate; to produce (a being similar to the parent); to engender.
- v. To cause to be; to bring into life.
- v. To originate, especially by a vital or chemical process; to produce; to cause.
- v. (Math.) To trace out, as a line, figure, or solid, by the motion of a point or a magnitude of inferior order.
- v. give or supply
- v. make children
- v. produce (energy)
- v. bring into existence
- From Latin generātus, perfect passive participle of generō ("beget, procreate, produce"), from genus ("a kind, race, family"); see genus. (Wiktionary)
- Latin generāre, generāt-, to produce, from genus, gener-, birth; see genə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Only a grammar containing both phrase structure and transformation rules, Chomsky argued, could generate a natural language ” ˜generate™ in the sense that by stepwise application of the rules, one could in principle build up from scratch all and only the sentences that the language contains.”
“And did the title generate the story theme or did the story idea bring that particular title to mind?”
“She has no brain of her own, so her ideas must generate from the GOP itself.”
“The vaccine did not work well enough – Some people get the vaccine, but the immune response their bodies generate is not strong enough or long-lived enough to protect them from infection.”
“She added that the current space is too small for the amount of production Chrysler now intends to generate from the plant.”
“In the end, facing an economy that may never again generate in such quantity the sorts of "middle class" jobs Rembold was used to, what we may be seeing is the creation of a graying class of permanently unemployed (or underemployed) Americans, a genuine lost generation who will never recover from the recession of 2008.”
“It's sad that the only attention you find you can still generate is over non-political tabloid issues.”
“No, seriously, let me trundle on over to the random number generator ... and the number generate is 6.”
“The dialplan is in XML, so it is easy to generate from a database with standard web tools.”
“Too often lost in both the pervasiveness of religion and the commotion it can generate is the key question of its purpose.”
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