from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bring into being; give rise to: generate a discussion.
- transitive v. To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process: generate heat.
- transitive v. To engender (offspring); procreate.
- transitive v. Mathematics To form (a geometric figure) by describing a curve or surface.
- transitive v. Computer Science To produce (a program) by instructing a computer to follow given parameters with a skeleton program.
- transitive v. Linguistics To construct (a sentence, for example), as in generative grammar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bring into being; give rise to.
- v. To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process.
- v. To procreate, beget.
- v. To form a figure from a curve or solid.
- v. To appear or occur; be generated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beget; to procreate; to propagate; to produce (a being similar to the parent); to engender.
- transitive v. To cause to be; to bring into life.
- transitive v. To originate, especially by a vital or chemical process; to produce; to cause.
- transitive v. To trace out, as a line, figure, or solid, by the motion of a point or a magnitude of inferior order.
from The 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).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give or supply
- v. make children
- v. produce (energy)
- v. bring into existence
Latin generāre, generāt-, to produce, from genus, gener-, birth; see genə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin generātus, perfect passive participle of generō ("beget, procreate, produce"), from genus ("a kind, race, family"); see genus. (Wiktionary)