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Meaning of origin by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English origine, from Latin origo ( “beginning, source, birth, origin” ), from oriri ( “to rise” ); see orient .


    origin ( plural: origins )

    1. The beginning of something .
    2. The source of a river, information, goods, etc .
    3. ( mathematics ) The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect
    4. ( anatomy ) The proximal end of attachment of a muscle to a bone that will not be moved by the action of that muscle .
    5. ( cartography ) an arbitrary point on the earth's surface, chosen as the zero for a system of coordinates .
    6. ( in the plural: ) ancestry



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    • origin in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • origin in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of origin by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. properties attributable to your ancestry

    2. he comes from good origins
    3. the point of intersection of coordinate axes

    4. an event that is a beginning

    5. the descendants of one individual

    6. the place where something begins, where it springs into being

    7. Jupiter was the origin of the radiation
    8. the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived

    9. the rumor had its origin in idle gossip
      vegetable origins
      mineral origin
      origin in sensation

    Definition of origin by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Origin n. [F. origine, L. origo, -iginis, fr. oriri to rise, become visible; akin to Gr. ὀρνύναι to stir up, rouse, Skr. ṛ, and perh. to E. run.]

      1. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth.

      This mixed system of opinion and sentiment had its origin in the ancient chivalry. Burke.

      2. That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain; the spring; the cause; the occasion.

      3. ( Anat. ) The point of attachment or end of a muscle which is fixed during contraction; -- in contradistinction to insertion.

      Origin of coordinate axes ( Math. ), the point where the axes intersect. See Note under Ordinate.

      Syn. -- Commencement; rise; source; spring; fountain; derivation; cause; root; foundation. -- Origin, Source. Origin denotes the rise or commencement of a thing; source presents itself under the image of a fountain flowing forth in a continuous stream of influences. The origin of moral evil has been much disputed, but no one can doubt that it is the source of most of the calamities of our race.

      I think he would have set out just as he did, with the origin of ideas -- the proper starting point of a grammarian, who is to treat of their signs. Tooke.

      Famous Greece,

      That source of art and cultivated thought

      Which they to Rome, and Romans hither, brought. Waller.