Origin meaning

ôrə-jĭn, ŏr-
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That in which something has its beginning; source; root; cause.
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The point at which something comes into existence or from which it derives or is derived.
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The point at which the axes of a Cartesian coordinate system intersect. The coordinates of the origin are (0,0) in two dimensions and (0,0,0) in three dimensions.
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A coming into existence or use; beginning.
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(mathematics) The point of intersection of coordinate axes, as in the Cartesian coordinate system.
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(anatomy) The point of attachment of a muscle that remains relatively fixed during contraction.
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(anatomy) The point of attachment of a muscle that remains relatively fixed during contraction.
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(anat.) The less movable of the two points of attachment of a muscle, usually the end attached to the more rigid part of the skeleton.
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Parentage; birth; lineage.
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Origin is the start, center or beginning of something or the place where a person comes from.

An exmaple of origin is when an idea comes to you when you sleep.

An example of origin is the ground where oil comes from.

An example of origin is your ethnic background.

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The beginning of something.
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The source of a river, information, goods, etc.
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(mathematics) The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect.
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(anatomy) The proximal end of attachment of a muscle to a bone that will not be moved by the action of that muscle.
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(cartography) An arbitrary point on the earth's surface, chosen as the zero for a system of coordinates.
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(in the plural) Ancestry.
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Ancestry.
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The fact of originating; rise or derivation.

The rumor had its origin in an impulsive remark.

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Origin of origin

  • Middle English origine ancestry from Latin orīgō orīgin- from orīrī to arise, be born er-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary