Definition of origin in English:

origin

Line breaks: ori¦gin
Pronunciation: /ˈɒrɪdʒɪn
 
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noun

1 (also origins) The point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived: his theory of the origin of life the name is Norse in origin the terminology has its origins in America
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  • In Ireland and Great Britain, sacred wells derive their distant origins from megalithic and Celtic times.
  • The islands are volcanic in origin, having arisen from a mantle hotspot, and they have never been connected to the mainland.
  • Martial arts is a broad term that covers a variety of schools and forms whose unity derives only from their origins in the arts of war and single combat.
Synonyms
beginning, start, origination, genesis, birth, dawning, dawn, emergence, inception, launch, creation, birthplace, cradle, early stages, conception, inauguration, foundation, outset; source, basis, base, cause, root, roots, spring, mainspring, well head, fountainhead, fountain, fount, head, seat, seed, germ; Latinfons et origo
formal commencement
literary wellspring
rare radix
source, derivation, root, roots, provenance, etymology; North Americanprovenience
1.1A person’s social background or ancestry: a family of peasant origin a voice that betrays his Welsh origins
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  • Born in Dublin and sent to an orphanage, his social origins and date of birth remain obscure.
  • It took years of archeological excavation to trace the origins and ancestry of various races.
  • In terms of social origins, most came from a peasant background, reflecting their rural births.
Synonyms
2 Anatomy The more fixed end or attachment of a muscle.
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  • It is usually placed on a level above and behind the condyloid origin of flexor carpi ulnaris.
  • It then exits the cubital tunnel by passing between the two heads of the origin of the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle.
  • The insertion of gastrocnemius is discussed following the description of the origin of the soleus muscle.
3 Mathematics A fixed point from which coordinates are measured.
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  • Given ABC, we may assume its vertices lie on a circle centered at the origin of a Cartesian coordinate system.
  • Let u and v denote two positions on a chromosome, measured in a scale in morgan units with the coordinate origin at the target locus.
  • In fact, from the point P which is at distance d from the origin measured along a radius vector, the distance from P to the pole is d sec b.

Origin

early 16th century: from French origine, from Latin origo, origin-, from oriri 'to rise'.

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