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third-generation Line breaks: third-generation

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Definition of third-generation in English:


1Of a more advanced stage of technology than a second-generation model or system.
Example sentences
  • As yet, this third-generation technology has no name.
  • It took him four years to assemble his current, third-generation prototype of a carbon nanotube transistor.
  • The offices will be built to third-generation specification and will have air conditioning.
1.1Denoting a broadband digital telephone technology that uses packet switching, supporting Internet connection and multimedia services for both mobile and landline phones.
Example sentences
  • These functions will be at the heart of the mobile phone third-generation networks.
  • The researchers say mergers and takeovers will be needed because third-generation mobile phone services will not move into profit before 2013.
  • The race to be the first to launch third-generation mobile phone services is hotting up.

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