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1. a machine that converts one form of energy into another, esp. mechanical energy into electrical energy, as a dynamo, or electrical energy into sound, as an acoustic generator.
2. a person or thing that generates.
3. Chem.an apparatus for producing a gas or vapor.
a. an element or one of a set of elements from which a specified mathematical object can be formed by applying certain operations.
b. an element, as a line, that generates a figure.
5. Computers.a program that produces a particular type of output on demand, as random numbers, an application program, or a report.
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