American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of regenerating or the state of being regenerated.
- n. Spiritual or moral revival or rebirth.
- n. Biology Regrowth of lost or destroyed parts or organs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of regenerating or producing anew.
- n. In theology: A radical change in the spirit of an individual, accomplished by the direct action of the Spirit of God. Evangelical theologians agree that there is a necessity for such a radical spiritual change in man in order to the divine life; but they differ widely in their psychological explanations of the change. They are, however, generally agreed that it consists of or at least necessarily involves a change in the affections and desires of the soul. Regeneration is also understood, as by the Roman Catholic Church, to be the gilt of the germ of a spiritual life conferred regularly by God's ordinance in baptism, which is accordingly called the sacrament of regeneration, or simply regeneration. The word regeneration occurs only once in the New Testament in its ordinary theological meaning; but equivalent expressions are found, such as “begotten again,” “born again,” “born of God,” “born of water and of the Spirit.”
- n. The renovation of the world to be accomplished at the second coming of the Messiah.
- n. (rē-jen-e-rā′ shon). In biology, the genesis or origination of new tissue to repair the waste of the body, or to replace worn-out tissue; also, the reproduction of lost or destroyed parts or organs. Regeneration of tissue constantly goes on in all animals in the ordinary repair of waste products of vital action; but the replacing of lost parts, as a limb, is nearly confined to animals below vertebrates, in many of which it is an easy or usual process.
- n. Synonyms See conversion.
- n. See reproduction.
- n. In biology: The reproduction of a whole organism or of a part of an organism from a separated portion of the body of an organism. See the extract.
- n. In forestry, same as reproduction, 6.
- n. rebuilding or restructuring; large scale repair or renewal.
- n. fantasy, gaming restoration of health or hit points
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of regenerating, or the state of being regenerated.
- n. (Theol.) The entering into a new spiritual life; the act of becoming, or of being made, Christian; that change by which holy affectations and purposes are substituted for the opposite motives in the heart.
- n. (Biol.) The reproduction of a part which has been removed or destroyed; re-formation; -- a process especially characteristic of a many of the lower animals.
- n. The reproduction or renewal of tissues, cells, etc., which have been used up and destroyed by the ordinary processes of life.
- n. The union of parts which have been severed, so that they become anatomically perfect.
- n. feedback in phase with (augmenting) the input
- n. the activity of spiritual or physical renewal
- n. (biology) growth anew of lost tissue or destroyed parts or organs
- n. forming again (especially with improvements or removal of defects); renewing and reconstituting
“And therefore it is that the time of his preaching is often by himself called the regeneration, which is not properly a kingdom, and thereby a warrant to deny obedience to the magistrates that then were; for he commanded to obey those that sat then in”
“By this term regeneration I wish to be understood to mean the entrance into a new life, embracing the diverse phases of a higher, complex existence.”
“I must think that the mercy was much more abundant than Peter expected, for it wrought an effect upon him which he calls a regeneration, or a sort of new birth.”
“And therefore it is that the time of his preaching is often by himself called the regeneration, which is not properly a kingdom, and thereby a warrant to deny obedience to the magistrates that then were; for he commanded to obey those that sat then in Moses 'chair, and to pay tribute to Caesar; but only an earnest of the kingdom of God that was to come to those to whom God had given the grace to be his disciples and to believe in him; for which cause the godly are said to be already in the kingdom of grace, as naturalized in that heavenly kingdom.”
“By pushing the shifter into Eco mode, more regeneration is felt, reminiscent of engine-braking.”
“I personally prefer burning an area, because the regeneration is more sufficient.”
“As it is, whenever sport-led regeneration is proposed in this country, the public is fobbed off with stat-free waffle about how it will benefit and regenerate local communities – and in some cases, we seem to be dispensing with even that fig leaf.”
“How about DT's regeneration is in full swing, but the hand (in the jar) sparks off a regeneration of it's own (Due to close proximity of the regenerating Doctor) ... into another David Tennant ... giving us two Doctors.”
“The regeneration is handled interestingly and the cliff-hanger is a real gripper.”
“Tory boy application form: Do you think that regeneration is adding a new wing to your mansion? ”
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