• WordNet 3.6
    • n originator someone who creates new things
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Original Morse code Original Morse code

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of Tokyo was originally called Edo
    • n Originator One who originates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The original name for butterfly was flutterby
    • n originator One who originates.
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.”
  • Clement Greenberg
    Clement Greenberg
    “All profoundly original art looks ugly at first.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Your manuscript is both good and original; but the parts that are good are not original, and the parts that are original are not good.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “I found you essay to be good and original. However, the part that was original was not good and the part that was good was not original.”
  • Patrick Kavanagh
    Patrick Kavanagh
    “A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.”


In literature:

Such was the origin of the corruption of morals by religion, and the source of pious feuds and holy wars.
"What is Property?" by P. J. Proudhon
Closely allied with the question of the origin of language was that of the origin of letters.
"History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" by Andrew Dickson White
We do not know the origin of the electron, because we do not know the nature of ether.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
This conclusion essentially modifies our view of the origin and growth of a legend like that of William Tell.
"Myths and Myth-Makers" by John Fiske
RUDIMENTARY ORGANS; their origin explained.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
Of course this was not the original assertion, nor is the new interpretation accepted by Thrasymachus himself.
"The Republic" by Plato
Originally, as just mentioned, the season of the inundations began and coincided with the actual time of inundation.
"A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
For example, in the latest text of the "Origin" ("Origin", (6th edition (1882), page 421.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
The origin of most of our domestic animals will probably forever remain vague.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
He was of humble origin and, in fact, very poor.
"My Memories of Eighty Years" by Chauncey M. Depew

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
Stay as foam Aphrodite – Art –
and return, Word, where music begins:
and, fused with life’s origins,
be ashamed heart, of heart!
"Silentium" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
Beware of lying, whilst on earth;
The serpent gave to lying birth:
The truth, and nought but truth, still tell;
Lies owe their origin to hell!
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard
"For, oh! this face - this pointed chin -
This nose - this brow - these eyeballs too,
Have always been the origin
Of all the woes I ever knew!
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Greek Original:
Του μαγαζιού
Τα τύλιξε προσεκτικά, με τάξι
σε πράσινο πολύτιμο μετάξι.
"Of The Shop" by Constantine P Cavafy
I forgive you for what you did not do.
I am impossibly quilty. Unlike you,
My Friend, I can not blame my origin
With no special legend or God to refer to.
"My Friend, My Friend" by Anne Sexton

In news:

If it looks like something that would happen in space, that's the point: acoustic levitation was originally developed by NASA to simulate microgravity.
But from the sound of the dozen originals on his second album, American Child, Phil is saving the good stuff for himself these days.
The Rose Parade's Aristocratic Origins.
Originally published March 23, 2010.
Central Florida Veterans for Peace is calling on citizens to remember the original intent of Nov 11.
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.
The unique property of the water was the primary focus in the redesign of Evamor's original logo, which featured a gray ball balancing on a gray horizontal plane to represent its pH balance.
Originally published Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 9:10 PM.
Stella Artois released a series of limited-edition packaging that highlights the brand's Christmas origins.
Stella Artois has launched limited-edition packaging that celebrates its origins as a holiday beer.
Novels, poetry and songs are among the original works of authorship subject to copyright protection.
An expert from Fourbarrel Coffee hosts a cupping of all single-origin coffees available at Awaken .

In science:

Consistent with the introductory nature of our paper and with the desire to contribute in an original way to the understanding of the six languages, we opted for the simple unifying example, which is both introductory and original.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
We have no explanation for this fact, beyond that saying that we might have misunderstood the definition of Ref. of the wave functions at the origin and thus Eq. (39) is wrong or that our Ξ−wave functions at the origin are wrong.
Charmed and Bottom Baryons: a Variational Approach based on Heavy Quark Symmetry
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
However it would be interesting to investigate the maximal local time on lines and subspaces having a distance from the origin d(n) → ∞. 3./ In our theorems we have balls centered at the origin.
Maximal local time of a d-dimensional simple random walk on subsets
As two clouds collide, whether originally atomic or molecular, the colliding parts are instantly ionized and reach temperatures of T > ∼ 106 K (depending on original collision velocity).
Colliding molecular clouds in head-on galaxy collisions