from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden large increase in the birthrate, especially the one in the United States from the later 1940s through the early 1960s.
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- n. The increase in the birth rate following the return of servicemen at the end of World War II.
- n. Any similar increase in the birth rate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the larger than expected generation in United States born shortly after World War II
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Actually, Matt thought, the Whittakers had experienced something of a baby boom lately.
The baby boom and the “baby bust” that followed it provide an important clue for understanding this abrupt turn-about.
The baby boom collapsed, and the fertility rate began its historic plunge, reaching zero-population-growth levels in 1972 and falling still further to an average of 1.8 children per woman by 1980.