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Definitions of origin

  1. the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain; the spring; the cause; the occasion. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The point of attachment or end of a muscle which is fixed during contraction; - in contradistinction to insertion. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The beginning of anything; birth; parentage; source; cause; as, the origin of the trouble; derivation; as, the word is of Latin origin. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The rising or first existence of anything: that from which anything first proceeds: cause: derivation. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Beginning; source; cause. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Beginning; source; cause; parentage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The beginning of anything; source; course. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. First existence or beginning; derivation; cause; root; source. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for origin

  1. " 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
  2. As will shortly be seen, I take a different view of its origin – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer