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tr.v. gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing, gen·er·ates
a. To bring into being; give rise to: generate a discussion.
b. To produce as a result of a chemical or physical process: generate heat.
2. To engender (offspring); procreate.
3. Mathematics To form (a geometric figure) by describing a curve or surface.
4. Computers To produce (a program) by instructing a computer to follow given parameters with a skeleton program.
5. Linguistics In generative grammar, to construct (a sentence, for example) through the successive application of linguistic operations, rules, and conditions.

[Latin generāre, generāt-, to produce, from genus, gener-, birth; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]


[ˈdʒenəreɪtɪŋ] CPD generating set Ngrupo m electrógeno
generating station Ncentral f generadora
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Nothing would induce an aspiring Isosceles, who had hopes of generating an Equilateral Son, to take a wife who reckoned a single Irregularity among her Ancestors; a Square or Pentagon, who is confident that his family is steadily on the rise, does not inquire above the five-hundredth generation; a Hexagon or Dodecagon is even more careless of the wife's pedigree; but a Circle has been known deliberately to take a wife who has had an Irregular Great-Grandfather, and all because of some slight superiority of lustre, or because of the charms of a low voice -- which, with us, even more than you, is thought "an excellent thing in Woman".
However, under all these names, there were but two streets, parent streets, generating streets,--the two arteries of Paris.
Old SmallWays went to his grave under an intricate network of wires and cables, for Bun Hill became not only a sort of minor centre of power distribution--the Home Counties Power Distribution Company set up transformers and a generating station close beside the old gas-works--but, also a junction on the suburban mono-rail system.
but the effect in generating kinetic energy is said to be amazing.
They came from the General's heart; and a wonderful thing it is to think that the human heart is capable of generating such produce, and can throw out, as occasion demands, such a supply of lust and fury, rage and hatred.
Nature has so much to do in this world, and is engaged in generating such a vast variety of co-existent productions, that she must surely be now and then too flurried and confused to distinguish between the different processes that she is carrying on at the same time.
I recollect, on both occasions of our passing that ill- fated Cairo on the Mississippi, remarking on the bad effects such gross deceits must have when they exploded, in generating a want of confidence abroad, and discouraging foreign investment: but I was given to understand that this was a very smart scheme by which a deal of money had been made: and that its smartest feature was, that they forgot these things abroad, in a very short time, and speculated again, as freely as ever.
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Many downstate farming communities are also comparatively property-poor and thus face a similar dilemma in generating local revenue for schools, according to Dennis Vercler, director of news and communications at the Illinois Farm Bureau, which provides services to farmers and represents their interests in political activities.
But officials with the municipal utility say the new rate schedule will cover the costs of providing back-up power in case the customer's self- generating system fails.
However, this generating set is somewhat inelegant in that we have used 25 number names to generate 24 letters, effectively wasting one of these generators.
Mathematicians have constructed effective pseudorandom-number generators similar to the above algorithm by using larger numbers than 17 and 13 and more-complicated procedures for generating the next number in the sequence.