third-generation ˌthird-geneˈration adjective [only before a noun]
1. abbreviation 3G TELECOMMUNICATIONS relating to technology that can send data to mobile phone S at a much higher speed than was possible before:

• the high-speed access of third-generation mobile phones

2. COMPUTING relating to any technology that is much more advanced than earlier stages:

• third-generation computers

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third-generation UK US adjective [before noun] COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET
3G(Cf. ↑3G)
Compare FIRST-GENERATION(Cf. ↑first-generation), SECOND-GENERATION(Cf. ↑second-generation), FOURTH-GENERATION(Cf. ↑fourth-generation)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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