• WordNet 3.6
    • n origin properties attributable to your ancestry "he comes from good origins"
    • n origin the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
    • n origin an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
    • n origin the descendants of one individual "his entire lineage has been warriors"
    • n origin 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"
    • n origin 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"
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Christy's Original Minstrels Christy's Original Minstrels
Original Morse code Original Morse code

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leopards were originally called Pard, Pardus and Panther
    • Origin That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain; the spring; the cause; the occasion.
    • Origin The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth. "This mixed system of opinion and sentiment had its origin in the ancient chivalry."
    • Origin (Anat) The point of attachment or end of a muscle which is fixed during contraction; -- in contradistinction to insertion. "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.""Famous Greece,
      That source of art and cultivated thought
      Which they to Rome, and Romans hither, brought."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The yo-yo was originally a weapon in the Philippines.
    • n origin Beginning of existence; rise or first manifestation; first stage or indication of being or existence.
    • n origin That from which anything derives its being or nature; source of being or existence; cause or occasion; fountain; source: as, the origins of a nation.
    • n origin Hence, parentage; ancestry; pedigree; extraction; birth.
    • n origin In mathematics, the fixed starting-point from which measurement or motion starts; specifically, in analytical geometry, the point from which the coördinates are measured.
    • n origin In anatomy: The proximal, larger, or more fixed one of the two ends or attachments of a muscle; the part or place whence a muscle usually acts: opposed to insertion. The root or beginning of a nerve in the brain or spinal cord. Cranial nerves have two origins — the apparent or superficial origin, at the point where they leave the brain, and the real or deep origin, the groups of ganglion-cells to which their roots can be traced.
    • origin To give rise to; originate; initiate.
    • origin To arise; originate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tomatoes were originally thought to be poisonous.
    • n Origin or′i-jin the rising or first existence of anything: that from which anything first proceeds:
    • n Origin origin: first copy: the precise language used by a writer: an untranslated tongue: a person of marked individuality
    • v.i Origin to have origin: to begin
    • n Origin or′i-jin (math.) the fixed starting-point: cause: derivation
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  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “There is no original truth, only original error.”
  • Robert Collier
    “All riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas -- not money.”
  • Jorge Luis Borges
    “The original is unfaithful to the translation.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.”
  • Patrick Kavanagh
    Patrick Kavanagh
    “A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. origine, L. origo, -iginis, fr. oriri, to rise, become visible; akin to Gr. 'orny`nai to stir up, rouse, Skr. , and perh. to E. run,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. origine—L. origo, originisorīri, to rise.


In literature:

They were sung in their original Greek form.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden
Returning to the question of the Jewish origin of i., ii., iii., we have already observed that these spring from a common original.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Our dictionaries tell us that such is the origin of admiral, alchemy, alcohol, algebra, chemise, cotton, and hundreds of other words.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
ABRACADAB'RA, a word of Eastern origin used in incantations.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
AM'RU, originally an opponent, and subsequently a zealous supporter of Mahomet, and one of the ablest of the Mahommedan warriors.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The original is to be found in the imperial Austrian archives.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
The original Norman Cathedral no longer exists.
"Cathedral Cities of England" by George Gilbert
Hold to one's original nature .
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
Thus far the question has been concerning the immediate origin of cases: their remote origin is a different matter.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
It has been much debated, in both cases, which of the three texts preserves the original figures.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
Certainly in its origin, the quantity theory is much the older theory.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
Was she the original of Miss Hepzibah?
"Historic Homes" by Mary H. Northend
It therefore vanishes as a consequence of the Hamiltonian principle in its original form.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
But to come back to our original unpromising stand-point.
"Toronto of Old" by Henry Scadding
The origin of the name Africa has furnished a topic for wide discussion by students and historians.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
Done into English from the New French Version, and compar'd with the Original.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 1 of 3)" by Various
It originally appeared in the "Freemen's Journal," Dublin.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
My original plan on leaving Maine was to make a prospecting tour through the West and South.
"Fifty Years In The Northwest" by William Henry Carman Folsom
Sometimes they were subsequently revived and had even a greater vogue than when originally brought out.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
Fairhaven, originally a part of New Bedford, was incorporated as a separate township in 1812.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

YOU perfect, pure, original,
Writ in a tongue unknown to all;
Translated, in some other sphere,
You may be read; but will not here.
"A Peculiar Person" by Gerald Massey
These were the days that filled the heart
With overflowing riches of
Life, in whose soul no dream shall start
But hath its origin in love.
"Days And Days" by Madison Julius Cawein
Original Greek:
Η θάλασσα στα βάθη της πήρ' έναν ναύτη.--
Η μάνα του, ανήξερη, πιαίνει κι ανάφτει
"Supplication" by Constantine P Cavafy
Original Greek:
Αννα Κομνηνή
Στον πρόλογο της Αλεξιάδος της θρηνεί,
για την χηρεία της η Αννα Κομνηνή.
"Anna Comnena" by Constantine P Cavafy
Original Greek:
Ετσι πολύ ατένισα --
Την εμορφιά έτσι πολύ ατένισα,
που πλήρης είναι αυτής η όρασίς μου.
"So Much I Gazed" by Constantine P Cavafy
Original Greek:
Χωρίς περίσκεψιν, χωρίς λύπην, χωρίς αιδώ
μεγάλα κ' υψηλά τριγύρω μου έκτισαν τείχη.
"Walls" by Constantine P Cavafy

In news:

In the original telling, Scheherazade's story was wild and wicked enough to keep the Sultan awake for a 1001 nights.
Researching Washington's historic original documents, MOHAI Public Historian Lorraine McConaghy found an employee time book kept by an Eastside hop farm in 1898.
A cult ingredient, from Moroccan origins to high-end cosmetics.
But from the sound of the dozen originals on his second album, American Child, Phil is saving the good stuff for himself these days.
Originally published March 23, 2010.
It was originally reported that all the money had been recovered.
Originally published March 22, 2010.
Originally published Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 7:03 PM.
Originally published Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 12:00 AM.
Originally published Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 9:10 PM.
'The Whale' Is as Original as It Is Provocative.
Not that even the quote is original to Jobs: Picasso said it before him.
Darwin on the Origin of Species.
The Huawei Ascend II is only a modest refresh over the original.
Originally published Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 1:08 AM.

In science:

H is the original Hamiltonian (1) and β is a Lagrange multiplier fixing the energy E of the original system.
Metastable configurations of spin models on random graphs
The requirement that the original GNFSTA be an automaton with “pure” states allows us to distinguish original tree’s input symbols from states generated during the automaton’s run.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Provenance can be used to check the originality of the record, identify the change history of the record when it travels around the system, and to extract the original datestamp.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
We believe that it originates from the SUSY invariance of the original action S .
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
The origin is an attractor and the tra jectories are spirals: they are trapped by the origin when t → ∞.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
Let Γ be the ring of analytic functions at origin (origin of Cn ).
Elements of Nonstandard Algebraic Geometry
If g /∈ H , gH corresponds to a point on the manifold G/H away from the origin, whereas hH = H (h ∈ H ) is the identity element identified with the origin of the symmetric space.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Since the group acts transitively on the coset space (cf. paragraph 2.3), and the orbit of the origin is the entire space, we can use a group transformation to map the metric at the origin to any point M in the space.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
The origin of scales out of an originally scale invariant theory has a long history.
Scale Symmetry Breaking from the Dynamics of Maximal Rank Gauge Field Strengths
To calculate this quantity, we first, at each time step, find the minimal distance from the current position of the random walker to the origin (i.e. the smallest number of steps needed for the random walker to reach the origin) using a breadth-first search method.
Scaling Properties of Random Walks on Small-World Networks
For random classical spin chains, the susceptibility χ ∝ P (0)| ln T | where P (0) is the finite weight at the origin of the original distribution P (J ) .
Spin-3/2 random quantum antiferromagnetic chains
With words, N+ is the set of germs of holomorphic functions at the origin fixing the origin and whose derivative at the origin is 1.
Conformal field theories in random domains and stochastic Loewner evolutions
Jacobian at origin from the H variables to the λ variables and the variables parameterizing U near the origin.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
Schaefer et al. (2003) and Mirabal et al. (2003b) have discussed the possible origin of the blueshifted features and have both concluded that a circumstellar origin is most likely.
The Diversity of Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Surroundings of Massive Stars
The origin at the short shaded rectangle is left unchanged with the region around the origin serving as an infinite source of points for expansion and an infinite sink for compression.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection