• WordNet 3.6
    • n origination the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult","the foundation of a new scientific society"
    • n origination an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
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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: The Pittsburgh Steelers were originally called the Pirates.
    • Origination Mode of production, or bringing into being. "This eruca is propagated by animal parents, to wit, butterflies, after the common origination of all caterpillars."
    • Origination The act or process of bringing or coming into existence; first production. "The origination of the universe.""What comes from spirit is a spontaneous origination ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Bank of America was originally the Bank of Italy
    • n origination The act of bringing into existence; creation; production; invention; causation.
    • n origination The act of arising or beginning or coming into existence; derivation or commencement of being or existence; beginning; first stage or state.
    • n origination Starting-point; point of derivation or departure.
    • n origination Mode of production or bringing into being.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called 'Pigs Eye'.
    • n Origination act of originating or of coming into existence: mode of production
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The anarchist and the Christian have a common origin.”
  • Neal Cassady
    Neal Cassady
    “Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of its value; there is no other.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.”
  • John L. Mason
    John L. Mason
    “While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.”
  • Giambattista Vico
    Giambattista Vico
    “Uniform ideas originating among entire peoples unknown to each other must have a common ground of truth.”
  • George Lois
    George Lois
    “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. originatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. origine—L. origo, originisorīri, to rise.


In literature:

It was originally a name for the energy of God, on a par with Baal.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume I" by John Lord
The Origin of the Drama.
"English Literature" by William J. Long
Its point of origin is the inside of the inferior extremity of the radius.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
The external perception of love originates in such things as regard the love of the world and of the body.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
He rebuilt the cathedral, dedicating it to St. Swithun; it had been originally dedicated to SS.
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
Historically, it has always been found that the arts in their origin are dependent on religion.
"Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3" by John Addington Symonds
Let us see if we cannot also derive them from the same historic origin.
"The Symbolism of Freemasonry" by Albert G. Mackey
Most of the original Putnam varieties have disappeared from the orchards.
"American Pomology" by J. A. Warder
Schleicher's theory, briefly stated, is the following: The Aryan race originated in Central Asia.
"Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3" by Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
Just as grammar developed, so we see the original form of the glosses extend.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
This is a reproduction of the original painting made by Paul Kane, September, 1845.
"Villages of the Algonquian, Siouan, and Caddoan Tribes West of the Mississippi" by David Ives Bushnell
They were originally constructed on Vauban's system in the reign of Charles II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 4" by Various
The Romans themselves traced the origin of their poetry, as of all their literary culture, to their contact with the mind of Greece.
"The Roman Poets of the Republic" by W. Y. Sellar
"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by Kersey Graves
His mind was characterised, as it appeared to me, by clearness, caution, sound judgment, and a good deal of originality.
"Charles Darwin: His Life in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of His Published Letters" by Charles Darwin
They did not all originate in Italy, and, indeed, Manni considers that most of them derived their origin from Provence.
"The Thirteenth" by James J. Walsh
AEmylius, whose translations of the original French couplets are also given, as well as the originals themselves.
"The Dance of Death" by Francis Douce
The examination was over in the early days of Dec. 1873 and Balfour was now free to devote himself wholly to his original work.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
Now what is the origin of this differentiation?
"The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life" by Emile Durkheim
Where following is taken to be normal, moral originality is pretty sure to be eccentric.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey

In poetry:

But a soul-sufficing answer
Hath no outward origin;
More than Nature's many voices
May be heard within.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
God is our origin and end,
From Him we came, to Him we tend;
What an exalted strife to be
Deserving such a destiny!
"God Omnipresent" by John Bowring
Original French:
Il pleure dans mon coeur
Comme il pleut sur la ville;
Quelle est ce langueur
Qui penetre mon coeur?
"Ariettes Oubliees" by Paul Verlaine
(Retiring back a while, sufficed at what they are, but never
I harbor, for good or bad—I permit to speak, at every hazard,
Nature now without check, with original energy.
"Starting From Paumanok" by Walt Whitman
Original Greek:
Στον ίδιο χώρο
Οικίας περιβάλλον, κέντρων, συνοικίας
που βλέπω κι όπου περπατώ· χρόνια και χρόνια.
"In the Same Space" by Constantine P Cavafy
original Greek:
Ο δεμένος ώμος
Είπε που χτύπησε σε τοίχον ή που έπεσε.
Μα πιθανόν η αιτία να 'ταν άλλη
του πληγωμένου και δεμένου ώμου.
"The Bandaged Shoulder" by Constantine P Cavafy

In news:

Valeri Williams' home, which is on the Munger Place Historic District tour, was built in 1980 but fits in with the neighborhood's early- 1900s originals.
A mystery buyer has agreed in writing to obtain the late Brooke Astor's Park Avenue home -- but for way less than half of the original $46 million asking price .
At that juncture, company officials obtained copies of the original assay certificates the lab had sent Paterson and found they didn't match the assays recorded on the company's databases.
In the movie, there's no usage of the comic books' famous call to arms that originally brought the Avengers together.
Originally published Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM.
This review originally ran in Rolling Stone as part of a series that looked back at classic albums.
This drawing originally appeared in the November 29, 1973 issue with the article Movie Crazy.
Originally published Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 1:08 AM.
Originally published Friday, November 16, 2012 at 1:08 AM.
Originally published Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:09 AM.
Originally published Monday, January 15, 2007 at 12:00 AM.
Originally published Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 7:28 PM.
This column originally indicated the wrong date for live mural painting during services at Atonement Lutheran Church.
The game will now start at its original time of 1 pm instead of 8 p.m.
Villaseñor's (Lion Eyes) sharp storytelling skills are on display in this reissue of his first novel, originally published in 1973.

In science:

E varies in the pencil |OS (E )|, the corresponding KodairaSpencer map to the tangent space of the versal deformation space of E at the origin is nontrivial, or equivalently, the map to the versal deformation space of E is unramified over the origin.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
For example, when a perfect replica of the original state is only of use, maximizing the average fidelity does not have to be the best strategy because it can mean none of the replica states are perfect even though the density matrix of the replica ensemble maximally resembles the original state.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
C runs counter-clockwise about the origin and excludes all singularities other than the pole at the origin.
Sign-time distribution for a random walker with a drifting boundary
Each Cartesian component of the displacement transfer function displays a characteristic dipole pattern because of the pro jection from radial motion: ψx = (x/r)ψ(r). A density enhancement at the origin is accompanied by radial infall (with ψx changing sign across the origin).
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
Schematically on the complex plane the spectrum can be represented as a disk of radius ρB,ess (P) centered at the origin (describing the essential spectrum) and (not more than countable) collection of points between this disk and the circle of radius ρB (P) also centered at the origin.
Perron-Frobenius spectrum for random maps and its approximation
For every H ∈ H, X/H is an elliptic curve (the origin is the image of H ). A rational function on X/H that is regular outside the origin and has a pole of order k at the origin can be regarded as a section of OX (kH).
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
The latter is a genus one curve which apparently comes with an origin o (it is an elliptic curve) and the complement of this origin of is affine.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
Spin graphs with the origin We shall also consider graphs with a specified vertex (rooted graphs), called the origin or the root.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
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
Such an origin exists by Lemma 10(ix), and the origin belongs to S by (ii).
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
For our future convenience we label each Si according to its origin h(i), and write {Sh : h ∈ δ0} for the family, where Sh is to be interpreted as Eh when h is the origin of none of the Si .
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
The origin of a group of walls is defined as the earliest of the origins of the standard walls therein.
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
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
Consider the special configuration that all sites to the left of the origin were occupied while all sites to the right of the origin were empty.
$(\log t)^{2/3}$ law of the two dimensional asymmetric simple exclusion process
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