Definitions for originˈɔr ɪ dʒɪn, ˈɒr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•i•ginˈɔr ɪ dʒɪn, ˈɒr-(n.)

  1. something from which anything arises or is derived; source.

  2. rise or derivation from a particular source:

    the origin of a word.

  3. the first stage of existence; beginning.

  4. ancestry; parentage:

    of Scottish origin.

  5. Anat. the point of derivation. the more fixed portion of a muscle.

    Category: Anatomy

  6. Math. the point in a Cartesian coordinate system where the axes intersect. the point from which rays designating specific angles originate in a polar coordinate system with no axes.

    Category: Math

    Ref: Also called pole. 1 2 7 2

Origin of origin:

1350–1400; ME < L orīgin- (s. of orīgō) beginning, source, lineage, der. of orīrī to rise; cf. orient

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beginning, origin, root, rootage, source(noun)

    the place where something begins, where it springs into being

    "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"

  2. origin, descent, extraction(noun)

    properties attributable to your ancestry

    "he comes from good origins"

  3. origin, origination, inception(noun)

    an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events

  4. origin(noun)

    the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero

  5. origin(noun)

    the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived

    "the rumor had its origin in idle gossip"; "vegetable origins"; "mineral origin"; "origin in sensation"

  6. lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock(noun)

    the descendants of one individual

    "his entire lineage has been warriors"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. origin(noun)ˈɔr ɪ dʒɪn, ˈɒr-

    the source or cause of sth

    What is the origin of this word?

  2. originˈɔr ɪ dʒɪn, ˈɒr-

    sb's race or family background

    He's of Eastern European origin.; sb's ethnic origin

Wiktionary

  1. origin(Noun)

    The beginning of something.

  2. origin(Noun)

    The source of a river, information, goods, etc.

  3. origin(Noun)

    The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect

  4. origin(Noun)

    The proximal end of attachment of a muscle to a bone that will not be moved by the action of that muscle.

  5. origin(Noun)

    an arbitrary point on the earth's surface, chosen as the zero for a system of coordinates.

  6. origin(Noun)

    ancestry

  7. Origin: From origine, from origo, from oriri; see orient.

Freebase

  1. Origin

    In mathematics, the origin of a Euclidean space is a special point, usually denoted by the letter O, used as a fixed point of reference for the geometry of the surrounding space. In a Cartesian coordinate system, the origin is the point where the axes of the system intersect. In Euclidean geometry, the origin may be chosen freely as any convenient point of reference. The most common coordinate systems are two-dimensional and three-dimensional, composed of two and three perpendicular axes, respectively. The origin divides each of these axes into two halves, a positive and a negative semiaxis. Points can then be located with reference to the origin by giving their numerical coordinates—that is, the positions of their projections along each axis, either in the positive or negative direction. The coordinates of the origin are always all zero, for example in two dimensions and in three. The origin of the complex plane can be referred as the point where real axis and imaginary axis intersect each other. In other words, it is the point representing 0 + 0i.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. origin

    Beginning point of a deployment where unit or non-unit-related cargo or personnel are located.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'origin' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3297

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'origin' in Nouns Frequency: #966


Translations for origin

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

origin(noun)

the place or point from which anything first comes; the cause

the origin(s) of the English language; the origin of the disagreement.

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