from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that generates, especially a machine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.
  • n. An apparatus that generates vapor or gas.
  • n. A circuit that generates a specified waveform.
  • n. Mathematics See generatrix.
  • n. Computer Science A program that produces specific programs from the definition of an operation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, generates, begets, causes, or produces.
  • n. A piece of apparatus, equipment, etc, to convert or change energy from one form to another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, generates, begets, causes, or produces.
  • n. An apparatus in which vapor or gas is formed from a liquid or solid by means of heat or chemical process, as a steam boiler, gas retort, or vessel for generating carbonic acid gas, etc.
  • n. The principal sound or sounds by which others are produced; the fundamental note or root of the common chord; -- called also generating tone.
  • n. Any machine that transforms mechanical into electrical energy; a dynamo.
  • n. a mathematical entity which, when subjected to an operation, yields another mathematical entity; also, a generatrix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which begets, causes, or produces.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an electronic device for producing a signal voltage
  • n. an apparatus that produces a vapor or gas
  • n. someone who originates or causes or initiates something
  • n. engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin, from past participle of genero ("beget, father")


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