Definition of third-generation in English:


Line breaks: third-generation


  • 1Of a more advanced stage of technology than a second-generation model or system.
    More 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.
    More 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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea