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

  • n. The coming into being of something; the origin. See Synonyms at beginning.
  • n. See Table at Bible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The origin, start, or point at which something comes into being.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of producing, or giving birth or origin to anything; the process or mode of originating; production; formation; origination.
  • n. The first book of the Old Testament; -- so called by the Greek translators, from its containing the history of the creation of the world and of the human race.
  • n. Same as Generation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of begetting, originating, or creating; generation; procreation; production; formation; creation.
  • n. Mode of generation; especially, the way in which or the means by which natural propagation is effected.
  • n. An explanation or account of the origin of something.
  • n. [capitalized] The first book of the Old Testament.
  • n. In mathematics, same as generation, 4.

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

  • n. the first book of the Old Testament: tells of Creation; Adam and Eve; the Fall of Man; Cain and Abel; Noah and the flood; God's covenant with Abraham; Abraham and Isaac; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers
  • n. a coming into being

Etymologies

Latin, from Greek; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin genesis ("generation, nativity"), from Ancient Greek γένεσις (genesis, "origin, source, beginning, nativity, generation, production, creation"), from γίγνεσθαι second aor. γενέσθαι ("to be produced, become, be"). (Wiktionary)

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