What does origin mean?

Definitions for origin
ˈɔr ɪ dʒɪn, ˈɒr-ori·gin

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. origin(Noun)

    The beginning of something.

    Etymology: From origine, from origo, from oriri; see orient.

  2. origin(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From origine, from origo, from oriri; see orient.

  3. origin(Noun)

    The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect

    Etymology: From origine, from origo, from oriri; see orient.

  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.

    Etymology: From origine, from origo, from oriri; see orient.

  5. origin(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From origine, from origo, from oriri; see orient.

  6. origin(Noun)

    ancestry

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Origin

    or′i-jin, n. the rising or first existence of anything: that from which anything first proceeds: (math.) the fixed starting-point: cause: derivation.—adjs. Orig′inable; Orig′inal, pertaining to the origin or beginning: first in order or existence: in the author's own words or from the artist's own pencil: not copied: not translated: having the power to originate, as thought.—n. origin: first copy: the precise language used by a writer: an untranslated tongue: a person of marked individuality.—ns. Original′ity, Orig′inalness, quality or state of being original or of originating ideas.—adv. Orig′inally.—v.t. Orig′ināte, to give origin to: to bring into existence.—v.i. to have origin: to begin.—n. Originā′tion, act of originating or of coming into existence: mode of production.—adj. Orig′inātive, having power to originate or bring into existence.—n. Orig′inātor. [Fr. origine—L. origo, originisorīri, to rise.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. origin

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

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. origin

    Merchant ships claiming benefit for importation, must obtain and produce certificates of origin, in respect to the goods they claim for. (See PRODUCTION.)

Editors Contribution

  1. origin

    A point or location.

    The origin of football is well known and understood.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of origin in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of origin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of origin in a Sentence

  1. Hamid Biglari:

    More needs to be done to persuade The Iranian diaspora to re-engage with their land of origin.

  2. Adam Schiff:

    If that was designed to hide the origin of the materials, that raises profound questions about just what the White House is doing that need to be answered, i have asked the White House for their assistance in answering those questions.

  3. The Witcher:

    As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story' The Witcher : Blood Origin.' A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read The Witcher books -- What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans ? i've always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonization and a rewriting of history. Leaving only fragments of a civilization's true story behind.

  4. Pablo Rodriguez:

    Get the facts and make a decision based on the right facts, before leaving your jobs and taking your children out of school and going up there hoping to stay there forever, because if you don’t qualify … you will be returned -- and in this case not the United States. You will have lost your status and would be returned to your country of origin.

  5. Georges Bataille:

    The essence of morality is a questioning about morality and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.

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