• The Best Beginning
    The Best Beginning
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj beginning serving to begin "the beginning canto of the poem","the first verse"
    • n beginning the act of starting something "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
    • n beginning the first part or section of something "`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story"
    • n beginning the event consisting of the start of something "the beginning of the war"
    • n beginning 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 beginning the time at which something is supposed to begin "they got an early start","she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
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Si's Load Begins to Get Heavy 023 Si's Load Begins to Get Heavy 023
The Trouble Begins 059 The Trouble Begins 059
That is an end of you,' she said. But she was wrong, for it was only the beginning That is an end of you,' she said. But she was wrong, for it was only the beginning

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average IQ is 100, while 140 is the beginning of genius IQ.
    • Beginning Enterprise. "To hinder our beginnings ."
    • Beginning That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source. "I am . . . the beginning and the ending."
    • Beginning That which is begun; a rudiment or element. "Mighty things from small beginnings grow."
    • Beginning The act of doing that which begins anything; commencement of an action, state, or space of time; entrance into being or upon a course; the first act, effort, or state of a succession of acts or states. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.
    • n beginning The origin; source; first cause.
    • n beginning The point of time or epoch at which anything begins; specifically, the time when the universe began to be.
    • n beginning The initial stage or first part of any process or proceeding; the starting-point: as, a small beginning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Because Napoleon believed that armies marched on their stomachs, he offered a prize in 1795 for a practical way of preserving food. The prize was won by a French inventor, Nicholas Appert. What he devised was canning. It was the beginning of the canned food industry of today.
    • Beginning origin or commencement: rudiments
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  • David Viscott
    David Viscott
    “If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.”
  • Peter Nivio Zarlenga
    “To begin, begin.”
  • Howard Zinn
    Howard Zinn
    “We will not know unless we begin.”
  • Abraham H. Maslow
    Abraham H. Maslow
    “To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.”
  • Theodore Roethke
    Theodore Roethke
    “In a dark time, the eye begins to see.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.”


Charity begins at home - This idiom means that family members are more important than anyone else, and should be the focus of a person's efforts.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. beginnan (more usually onginnan), from be, and ginnan, to begin.


In literature:

Shall my work soon begin?
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
One generation does not begin where the other left off.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
Every other beginning is a perverse beginning, and it will end in sure disaster.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
It was the beginning of sleigh-riding to them, but it was the beginning of a new life to little Emily.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Instow is perfectly right, and the sooner we begin our preparations the better.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
She was beginning to grow quite courageous, though the comments on her lameness always brought a flush to her cheek.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Uncle Win had an idea Doris ought to begin high up in the scale.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
That's the thought that grips me when I begin to figure the profits in this trade.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
We never can hope to see the beginning of any one of these things.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The time of departure is fixed for the beginning of July, 1878.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold

In poetry:

We toil and but begin;
In vain our spirits fret them,
We strive, and cannot win,
Nor evermore forget them.
"Song" by Archibald Lampman
I can scarcely wait till tomorrow
when a new life begins for me,
as it does each day,
as it does each day.
"The Round" by Stanley Kunitz
I'll begin with her hair,—
It is comely and fair,
And the witch hath wrought her tresses
Into many a snare.
"A Head Piece." by Samuel Bamford
This is the comfort I enjoy
When new distress begins-
I read thy word, I run thy way,
And hate my former sins.
"Psalm 119 part 14" by Isaac Watts
Though no hope of change they felt,
Folded hard together,
Soon their sap begins to melt
In the warmer weather.
"To K.M.D." by James Clerk Maxwell
I will climb the slow steep slope
where paths are blended
All of them lead to
the beginning of drama and flora.
"Lost Hope" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

In news:

Beginning this year the Internal Revenue Service will begin its first Employment Tax National Research Project (NRP) in 25 years.
The Maryland Transportation Authority is closing the Maryland House rest area along I-95 in Harford County beginning at midnight, Sept 15 to begin reconstructing the facility.
The state may begin shifting gears in the last stretch of a planning period before construction begins on a North Olympic Peninsula rest area.
Lunch service begins Thursday at the Rumpus Room, 1030 N Water St, and weekend brunch begins next week, on Nov 19.
As he waited for the celebration to begin, Schreiber, who's done seven Shakespeare plays at the Public, reconnected with his friend actor/writer Colman Domingo, whose play "Wild With Happy" begins on Oct 9 at the Public.
LAKE PLACID -The tradition dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and will continue, Saturday, July 2, when ski jumpers take to the Olympic Jumping Complex for the beginning of the summer jumping season on the 90-meter ski jump.
Weather permitting, beginning Monday, the Fort Dodge Traffic Safety Department will begin lane striping on the streets in the following areas.
Weather permitting, beginning Monday, the Traffic Safety Department will be begin lane striping on the streets in the following areas.
Beginning on the evening of Wednesday, September 5th, crews will begin applying two courses of micro-surfacing on 50th Street from Avenue Q to University Avenue, and University Avenue from 19th Street to 34th Street.
As a child, I dreamt that I was searching for the beginning of the universe, not the theoretical beginning but a physical hem in space.
We celebrate birthday week because the one day doesn't always give the desired effect 2010 is really a beginning and an ending: the end of my 30s and the beginning of a new decade.
Tuscarora State Park will begin a eight to 10-foot drawdown of the lake beginning today and continuing through Oct 31.
Approximately 6,000 public water systems will begin monitoring 28 chemicals and two viruses beginning in 2013.
Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. A seminar on securing a new minister with Hoyt W Allen Jr will begin at 9:45 a.m.
Beginning Sunday at approximately 2 pm, The Remaining Few Motorcycle Club will make it's annual bike run beginning at the parking lot of Harvey's Supermarket at 2425 Sylvester Road.

In science:

We begin by providing a rough estimate of these contributions to σ ′ (ω ): In our sample, consider a (large) region of length L locally in the RS phase; the number density of such regions is roughly pL , with some p < 1 (which depends on the distance from the transition).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
We begin with the observation that the particle-hole symmetry of the problem causes eigenstates to occur in pairs, with energies ±ǫ.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The fixed and root modules are set at the beginning and don’t change throughout the experiment.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Begin with an m × m block matrix in which each of the m2 blocks is the matrix B .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
In Section 7 we begin the proof of the main theorem.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains