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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.]
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[ˈdʒenəreɪtɪŋ] CPD generating set Ngrupo m electrógeno
generating station Ncentral f generadora
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Clacton put it, to think rightly; "generating and stimulating," those were his words.
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.
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".
Generating disagreeable emotions or sensations, as the advance of an army against its enemy.
"All levels of government have been supportive of the idea of (generating) energy from waste," Kelly adds.
Large utilities are also interested in generating hydrogen from what they call "clean coal," coupled with a scheme to "sequester" or isolate the resulting carbon dioxide emissions to prevent them from entering the atmosphere.
They also provide preliminary data to investigators that may be useful in generating further independent funding.
Most of the generating capacity on the West Coast is fueled by natural gas and its producers and pipeliners have not missed out on the opportunity to make megabucks from a megaproblem.
It involves generating UNDO SQL statements to reverse the effect of the transactions in error.
Total return measures do not capture the risk associated with generating the return and do not reflect the unique risk profile or capital cost of the company.
In both examples, the CFC paying the interest reduces its foreign tax and seeks to avoid generating a corresponding amount of subpart F income for inclusion in the U.S.
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.

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