Definitions for: Origin

[n] properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from good origins"
[n] the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
[n] an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
[n] the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"
[n] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Or"i*gin, n. [F. origine, L. origo, -iginis, fr. oriri
to rise, become visible; akin to Gr. 'orny`nai to stir up,
rouse, Skr. [.r], 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

Origin of co["o]rdinate axes (Math.), the point where the
axes intersect. See Note under Ordinate.

Syn: Commencement; rise; source; spring; fountain;
derivation; cause; root; foundation.

Usage: 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.

Synonyms: ancestry, beginning, blood, blood line, bloodline, descent, descent, extraction, inception, line, line of descent, lineage, origination, parentage, pedigree, root, rootage, source, stock

See Also: ancestry, beginning, birthplace, breed, cause, cradle, derivation, derivation, family, family line, family tree, filiation, folk, fountainhead, full blood, genealogy, germination, head, headspring, headwaters, home, intersection, jumping-off place, jumping-off point, kinfolk, kinsfolk, lineage, overture, phratry, place of origin, point, point source, preliminary, prelude, provenance, sept, side, spring, trail head, wellhead, wellspring

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