Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of third-generation in English:
1Of a more advanced stage of technology than a second-generation model or system.
- The third-generation system completed a series of sea tests at high speeds.
- This is not to deny that some second- and third-generation drugs are genuine improvements.
- By the time the U.S. hybrids arrive, they may get shown up by Japan's third-generation vehicles.
1.1Denoting a broadband digital telephone technology that uses packet switching, supporting Internet connection and multimedia services for both mobile and landline phones.
- 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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