• Electrical power generator
    Electrical power generator
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n generator engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction
    • n generator an apparatus that produces a vapor or gas
    • n generator an electronic device for producing a signal voltage
    • n generator someone who originates or causes or initiates something "he was the generator of several complaints"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Direct electricity generation by combustion Direct electricity generation by combustion
Acetylene gas generator Acetylene gas generator
The Moss Generator The Moss Generator

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gene Sarazen, a golfer from several generations ago, set the record for the fastest golf drive: 120 mph.
    • Generator (Math) a mathematical entity which, when subjected to an operation, yields another mathematical entity; also, a generatrix.
    • Generator 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.
    • Generator (Elec) Any machine that transforms mechanical into electrical energy; a dynamo.
    • Generator One who, or that which, generates, begets, causes, or produces.
    • Generator (Mus) The principal sound or sounds by which others are produced; the fundamental note or root of the common chord; -- called also generating tone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During a lifetime, one person generates more than 1,000 pounds of red blood cells.
    • n generator One who or that which begets, causes, or produces. Specifically — In musical acoustics: A tone which produces a series of harmonics. A tone fundamental to a triad or other chord; a root.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Out of the 11 original patents made by Nikola Tessla, for the generation of hydroelectric energy, 9 are still in use, (unchanged) today.
    • ns Generator begetter or producer: the principal sound in music; Gen′erātrix (geom.), the point, line, or surface which, by its motion, generates another magnitude
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  • Sandra Day O'connor
    Sandra Day O'connor
    “The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come.”
  • Anthony Crosland
    Anthony Crosland
    “What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “A great person is one who affects the mind of their generation.”
  • Robert Heinlein
    Robert Heinlein
    “A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.”
  • Alexander Herzen
    “It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. generāre, -ātumgenus, a kind.


In literature:

Yes; careful experiments have shown that a locomotive will generate one per cent.
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
Speaking through the records of history, the generations that have gone warn and guide the generations that follow.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
If the number of bees in a colony is small the clusters cannot generate enough heat or keep it generated and the bees will perish.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
She was of the same generation as Aunt Claudia, and a widow.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
Is he the result of six generations of keeping the money in the family?
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
A generation more, it may be, of earnest thought will be required, ere the true answer has been found.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
But, in the main, it is one of the lost words in our generation of the Church.
"Quiet Talks on Following the Christ" by S. D. Gordon
As a slave, the Negro came to be regarded as one whose inferiority must continue from generation to generation.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
For over forty years he had sat in exactly the same chair, and watched generation after generation pass, without appearing the least bit older.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
But I think the younger generation of negroes is different from what they used to be.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
This with him is life, and the history of one generation is often the history of many generations.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
I ain't got no time with the young generation.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The play itself may have been written, and first performed, in English, as in Dutch, a generation or more before.
"Everyman and Other Old Religious Plays, with an Introduction" by Anonymous
The one man issued from an unbroken tradition, was produced by generations and generations of gentlemen.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
Evidently, therefore, the make-up of society must necessarily be changing from generation to generation.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
New books on Infidelity are needed for every generation.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
Generative organs, female, II, 178.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
Charles Miner, of the fifth generation from Thomas, was a Revolutionary soldier.
"Sketches of Successful New Hampshire Men" by Various
This is almost sure to happen if the fancy varieties are inter-crossed for two or three generations.
"Being Well-Born" by Michael F. Guyer

In poetry:

Gospel spread
With tin shovels,
We are this generation.
"Gospel" by Patrick Kavanagh
Behind this door
Now buried in deep grass
A different generation will celebrate
The Festival of Dolls.
"The Narrow Road to the Deep North: Prologue" by Matsuo Basho
The thirteenth generation,—
Unlucky number this!—
My grandma loved a Pirate,
And all my faults are his!
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown
This was the lock that lay upon our lips,
This was the yoke that we have undergone,
Denying us all pleasant fellowships
As in our time and generation.
Our pleasures unpursued age past recall,
And for our pains—we are not heard at all.
"The Fabulists" by Rudyard Kipling
And I pray ye, O ye people! trust in palace nor in steeple!
If you sow ill you will reap ill, to your misery and scorn;
In your generation wiser, know that vows of priest and kaiser
Only supple cheats and lies are, to be broken swift as sworn.
"Aspromonte" by Alfred Austin
A hundred generations have gone into its making,
With all their love and tenderness, with all their dreams and tears;
Their vanished joy and pleasure, their pain and their heart-breaking,
Have colored this rare blossom of the long-unfruitful years.
"Genius" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In news:

As chief economist for the distilled spirits industry, I applaud Saleem Noorani's recent reflections on the revenue generating capacity of Oregon's liquor business.
Here is how the lists are generated.
All you need is a power outlet to receive visual alerts on the second-generation Ambient Orb.
John Keegan is our generation's foremost military historian.
A Paradigm Shift For the Beat Generation.
Is There a Beat Generation.
Jack Kerouac famously suggested the Beat Generation is "a swinging group…of new American men intent on joy".
To hear it from the hand-wringers, the up-and-coming generation cannot tell right from wrong.
Along with newspapers, brings together the student assessment software business Wireless Generation and partners it with AT&T.
The Manufacturing Mandate calls for boosting innovation, increasing global competitiveness and training the next generation of skilled workers.
Every generation needs its Days of Wine and Roses, a reminder that even if you think you're just having a good time, the bottle is a self-administered anesthetic.
Austrian wastewater treatment plant will generate biogas to fuel energy-efficient power station.
For generations and generations, we have been told that you have to keep your hair oiled.
Will the Older Generation Pay for Educating a Younger Generation That Looks Less Like Itself.
Women grow up learning a set o fashion rules that were passed down generation after generation.

In science:

Questions 1.1 and 1.2 are equivalent: if al l separably-acting von Neumann algebras are singly-generated, then al l countably-generated von Neumann algebras are singly-generated.
On cardinal invariants and generators for von Neumann algebras
We conclude this section by showing that the generator problem is also equivalent to deciding whether all finitely -generated algebras are singly-generated, or even just all finitely-generated II1 factors.
On cardinal invariants and generators for von Neumann algebras
The generator problem is equivalent to deciding whether al l finitely-generated II1 factors are singly-generated.
On cardinal invariants and generators for von Neumann algebras
In fact, if the generator problem has a negative answer, the decreasing effect gets stronger as κ increases, until at κ = ℵ0 all countably-generated tensor products are singly-generated.
On cardinal invariants and generators for von Neumann algebras
The unique smallest system of monomial generators with respect to inclusion will be called a minimal system of generators and its elements are minimal generators of J .
Algebraic Properties of Generic Tropical Varieties
Fundamentally, we ask the following question: can an intelligent arrangement of ancillary lines among a system of M generators possibly decrease the amount of firm generation required system wide by giving some consumers the ability to choose a connection to a generator other than its local generator.
Message Passing for Integrating and Assessing Renewable Generation in a Redundant Power Grid
Therefore, within this simplified model and in the absence of load shedding, the capacity value of the renewable generators is zero because they do not reduce the required level of firm generation relative to the case with no renewable generation, i.e. ˆz = 0.
Message Passing for Integrating and Assessing Renewable Generation in a Redundant Power Grid
Here, we have included intermittent renewable generation at consumer nodes and computed the minimum level of firm generation required to avoid an overload of any the firm generators.
Message Passing for Integrating and Assessing Renewable Generation in a Redundant Power Grid
The amount of firm generation that can be displaced by the combination of renewable generation and intelligent switching of the ancillary lines equates to the generation capacity value of the renewable generators.
Message Passing for Integrating and Assessing Renewable Generation in a Redundant Power Grid
We show that even if posting constraints that break the generator symmetries is tractable, there exists a set of generators such that pruning all generator symmetric values is NP-hard.
Breaking Generator Symmetry
The elements of a generating set are called generators. A generating set is irredundant iff no strict subset also generates the group. A special type of generating set is a strong generating set.
Breaking Generator Symmetry
Gi = {σ ∈ Σ | ∀j ≤ i.σ(bj ) = bj } A strong generating set S is a generating set whose elements can generate each subgroup in the stabilizer chain.
Breaking Generator Symmetry
As is the case for generating sets, the size of a strong generating set is at most log2 |G|, as a strong generator set can be computed from a generator set in polynomial time.
Breaking Generator Symmetry
Breaking generator symmetry Strong generating sets are attractive as they make symmetry breaking more tractable Because the size of a (strong) generating set is always polynomial in the size of the CSP instance, it is polynomial to break (strong) generator symmetries.
Breaking Generator Symmetry
In the first three cases we consider (1) independent covariates generated from the standard Cauchy distribution, (2) independent covariates generated from the standard normal distribution and (3) independent covariates generated from the uniform distribution over [0, 1].
Comment: The Essential Role of Pair Matching in Cluster-Randomized Experiments, with Application to the Mexican Universal Health Insurance Evaluation