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Definitions of origin

  1. the descendants of one individual; " his entire lineage has been warriors"
  2. 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"
  3. properties attributable to your ancestry; " he comes from good origins"
  4. an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
  5. the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
  6. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth.
  7. That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain; the spring; the cause; the occasion.
  8. The point of attachment or end of a muscle which is fixed during contraction; - in contradistinction to insertion.
  9. The beginning of anything; birth; parentage; source; cause; as, the origin of the trouble; derivation; as, the word is of Latin origin.
  10. 1. The less movable of the two points of attachment of a muscle, that which is attached to the more fixed part of the skeleton. 2. The starting point of a cranial or spinal nerve; the former have two origins: the ental, deep, or real o., the cellgroup in the brain or medulla, whence the fibers of the nerve begin, and the ectal, superficial, or apparent o., the point where the nerve emerges from the brain.
  11. Cause of growth or development.
  12. The rising or first existence of anything: that from which anything first proceeds: cause: derivation.
  13. Beginning; source; cause.
  14. Beginning; source; cause; parentage.
  15. The beginning of anything; source; course.
  16. First existence or beginning; derivation; cause; root; source.
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Quotes of origin

  1. All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit. – Thomas Aquinas
  2. Meanwhile, my residence within the Federal lines, and my acquaintance with so many of the officers, the origin of which I have already mentioned, enabled me to gain much important information as to the position and designs of the enemy. – Belle Boyd
  3. There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx's Capital. – Al Capp
  4. We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin – Charles Darwin
  5. Unlike other peoples the United States found their origin in a deliberate act of corporate self -assertion, and ever since the Revolution every little American has been taught to associate himself personally with this creative act. – Christopher Dawson
  6. The persecuting spirit has its origin in the assumption that one's own opinions are infallibly correct. – John Fiske
  7. The theory of evolution is totally inadequate to explain the origin and manifestation of the inorganic world. – John Ambrose Fleming
  8. But the need for conflict to expose prejudice and unclear reasoning, which is deeply embedded in my philosophy of science, has its origin in these debates. – Robert B. Laughlin
  9. Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance -wheel of the social machinery. – Horace Mann
  10. For origin and development of human faculty we must look to these processes of association in lower animals. – Edward Thorndike
  11. I deplore any action which denies artistic talent an opportunity to express itself because of prejudice against race origin – Bess Truman
  12. All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. – Lao Tzu
  13. Fundamental ideas are not a consequence of experience, but a result of the particular constitution and activity of the mind, which is independent of all experience in its origin though constantly combined with experience in its exercise. – William Whewell
  14. I should like to say that I am as proud of my Chinese heritage and background as I am devoted to modern science, a part of human civilization of Western origin to which I have dedicated and I shall continue to dedicate my work. – Chen Ning Yang

Usage examples for origin

  1. As will shortly be seen, I take a different view of its origin – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  2. He had absolutely no knowledge of Crozier's origin and past; but he was in a position to find it out if Crozier told the truth on oath, and he was sure he would. – You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  3. Its origin is curious.. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  4. This is the origin of the orange- tree. – Philippine Folk-Tales by Clara Kern Bayliss, Berton L. Maxfield, W. H. Millington, Fletcher Gardner, Laura Watson Benedict
  5. I don't wish my gypsy origin to be known in the Gentile world. – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  6. These two classes of sensations differ in their purpose in the body as well as in the manner of their origin – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  7. " Yes, dear," she murmured with a half childlike pleasure, that lit up her face and eyes so innocently that it stopped any minute investigation into its origin and real meaning. – A Millionaire of Rough-and-Ready by Bret Harte
  8. None knew anything of her origin or name, not even the old woman. – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  9. Eucken is unwilling to speculate as to the origin or the goal of this. – An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy by W. Tudor Jones
  10. Repartimientos, origin of: opposition of Don Diego Columbus to the. – The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II) by Washington Irving
  11. Well, one mustn't be too particular about these little questions of origin in an Asiatic city. – The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The by Grant Allen
  12. I mention our own, because it is doubted whether he was French or English, for we cannot trace him back to his origin – The Pirates Own Book by Charles Ellms
  13. The explanation is of course that the English returns do not always show the actual place of origin – Are we Ruined by the Germans? by Harold Cox
  14. Fanny betrayed in her face the Italian origin of her father. – Night and Morning, Volume 3 by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  15. The origin of these furrows is a difficult question to solve. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  16. Having informed the reader that Ellen Juvarna was mother of Nicholas, whom she bore unto Marston, we will now draw aside the veil, that he may know her real origin and be the better prepared to appreciate the fate of her child. – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams
  17. I suspect that it is of Spanish origin – Philippine Folk-Tales by Clara Kern Bayliss, Berton L. Maxfield, W. H. Millington, Fletcher Gardner, Laura Watson Benedict
  18. The origin of the quarrel was not with the party who went on shore in the boats. – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  19. No, it has another origin – Adventures of a Young Naturalist by Lucien Biart
  20. The origin of some is evident, but the origin of others will probably never be known. – The Hindu-Arabic Numerals by David Eugene Smith Louis Charles Karpinski