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Definition of the noun origin

What does origin mean as a name of something?

Origin is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: origins

  1. the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  2. properties attributable to your ancestry
  3. an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
  4. the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: intersection = a point or set of points common to two or more geometric configurations
  5. the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived
    • examples: the rumor had its origin in idle gossip | vegetable origins | mineral origin | origin in sensation
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • more generic word: source = a process by which energy or a substance enters a system
  6. the descendants of one individual

Alternative definition of the noun origin


  1. The beginning of something.
  2. The source of a river, information, goods, etc.
  3. [mathematics] The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect
  4. [anatomy] The proximal end of attachment of a muscle to a bone that will not be moved by the action of that muscle.
  5. [cartography] an arbitrary point on the earth's surface, chosen as the zero for a system of coordinates.
  6. [in the plural] ancestry


  1. Origin is an American death metal band from Topeka, Kansas, founded in 1998. They have been recognized by music critics and metal fans alike for combining a harsh sound with a high level of technical skill.
  2. Origin is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Art of Origin, Bionic Origin, Origin Unknown.


Origin is a record label.


  1. "Origin" is the first demo CD by American rock band Evanescence. It was released on November 4, 2000, through Bigwig Enterprises, with only 2,500 copies being pressed and sold at the band's live concerts in Little Rock, Arkansas, and on the Bigwig Enterprises website.
  2. "Origin" is Borknagar's seventh studio album, and is primarily an acoustic effort. Origin explores the band's more progressive and traditional elements.
  3. "Origin": Origin is the debut album by death metal band Origin. The album has a rawer, more straightforward and more brutal sound than their more technical later albums. This album was the first death metal album released on a label to incorporate the use of gravity blasts although their original drummer George Fluke used the gravity blast on their 1998 EP A Coming into Existence.
  4. "Origin" is a composition.
  5. "Origin" is a musical album of Detritus.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  6. "Origin" is a musical album of Taylor Deupree & Savvas Ysatis.
    • released on
  7. "Origin" is a musical album of Aodan.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  8. "Origin" is a musical album of Duane Pitre.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  9. "Origin" is a musical album of Enshine.
    • released on
  10. "Origin" is a musical album of Echaskech.
    • released on
  11. "Origin" is a musical album of Dan Dankmeyer.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  12. "Origin" is a musical album of Machinae Supremacy.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  13. "Origin" is a musical album of Jordan Scotney.
    • released in
  14. "Origin" is a musical single of MONORAL.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  15. "Origin" is a musical album of Villa Nah.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  16. "Origin" is a musical EP of eQo.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  17. "Origin" is a musical album of Dreamer.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  18. "Origin" is a musical album of Kralizec.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  19. "Origin" is a musical album of Layori.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  20. "Origin" is a musical album of Blackwinds.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  21. "Origin" is a musical album of The Widdler.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  22. "Origin" is a musical album of Xinon.


"Origin" is a book by Diana Abu-Jaber.

  • genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
  • subject: Literature


"Origin" is a film, directed by Caleb Fanning.


  1. Origin is digital distribution software from Electronic Arts that allows users to purchase games on the internet for PC and mobile platforms, and download them with the Origin client. Origin for Mac has been available since February 8, 2013.
    • also known as EA Downloader, EA Download Manager, EA Store
    • official website:
  2. Origin is a proprietary computer program for interactive scientific graphing and data analysis. It is produced by OriginLab Corporation, and runs on Microsoft Windows. It has inspired several platform-independent open-source clones like QtiPlot or SciDAVis.
  3. Origin is a six-issue comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics from November 2001 to March 2002, written by Bill Jemas, Joe Quesada and Paul Jenkins, and illustrated by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove.
  4. Origin was an American poetry magazine that was founded in 1951 by Cid Corman. The magazine provided an early platform for the work of Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Gary Snyder, Theodore Enslin and other important, ground-breaking poets, who collectively created an alternative to academic poetry.
  5. Origin: The anatomical origin is a concept used when describing muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood and lymph vessels. While it often has a slightly different meaning depending on which kind of origin is referred to, it is generally used to explain the relative location of the anatomical structure in question. It is not to be understood in a temporal/ontogenetical sense.
  6. Origin: The body of water, mountain, etc. from which a river originates; if formed by a confluence of rivers, list both.

Phrases with Origin

  1. Origin of Species
  2. time of origin
  3. place of origin
  4. country of origin

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Origin

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Google previewDifferential Equations with Linear Algebra (2009)

by Matthew R. Boelkins, Jack L. Goldberg, Merle C. Potter

The origin is a saddle point and therefore unstable. 3. (a)x(t)=c 1e−5t[−1...

T are straight-line solutions; the origin is an unstable saddle point ...

Google previewIntroduction to the Qualitative Theory of Differential Systems (2013)

Planar, Symmetric and Continuous Piecewise Linear Systems by Jaume Llibre, Antonio E. Teruel

the origin is a hyperbolic singular point when λ1 = 0 and λ2 −λ 1+b2 =0.

Google previewAn Introduction to Analytical Plane Geometry (1867)

by W. P. Turnbull

are zero, that is, the origin is a double point. If however we move the radius vector into a position in which <l>s(l,m) = 0 (3), then a third value of r becomes zero, and the ...

Google previewMultivariable Calculus (2011)

by David B Damiano, Margaret N Freije

The origin is an isolated critical point for f.

Google previewAn Elementary Treatise on Curves, Functions, and Forces: Analytic geometry and the differential calculus (1841)

by Benjamin Peirce

If a = 1 and m an uneven integer, or a fraction whose numerator is uneven, the origin is a multiple point consisting of the...

a = 1, m = 3, the origin is an union of three cusps, and the three values of t at this point are r = 90°, t — 210°, r — 330°.

Google previewDigital Human Modeling: Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics and Risk Management (2016)

7th International Conference, DHM 2016, Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17-22, 2016, Proceedings by Vincent G. Duffy

Its origin is the mental spine which located on the back of the madible, and the insertion is an anterior surface of the hyoid bone. This muscle is represented as a simple wire actuator, named GH. (6) Mylohyoid muscle: MH1, MH2 The ...

Google previewWalter Benjamin (2013)

Critical Constellations by Graeme Gilloch

Origin is an eddy in the stream of becoming.

Google previewHandbook of Mathematics (2013)

by I.N. Bronshtein, K.A. Semendyayev, Gerhard Musiol, Heiner Mühlig

The origin is a singular point, whose type depends on a and l: Case a) For l 4 a it is an isolated point (Fig. 2.62a). The curve has two further inflection points E and F, whose abscissa is the second greatest root of the equation r" – 3a*, +2a(a” ...

Google previewNetter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Respiratory System (2011)

by David Kaminsky

The sternocostal origin is the anterior surface of the manubrium and body of the sternum and the costal cartilages of the first six ribs. The small and variable abdominal origin is the aponeurosis of the external abdominal oblique muscle.

Google previewA Course in Complex Analysis (2011)

From Basic Results to Advanced Topics by Wolfgang Fischer, Jan Cannizzo, Ingo Lieb

The origin is a removable singularity of f if and only if Mr (f) stays bounded as r → 0.

The origin is an essential singularity of f if and only if rlMr (f) → ∞ for all l ⩾ 0 as r → 0. d) In parts b) and c), there is an r1 ∈ ]0,r 0[ such that r → ...

Google previewEtymological Dictionary of Grasses (2007)

by Harold T. Clifford, Peter D. Bostock

-ense, denoting origin. From Mirto, Sicily mysorensis L. -ensis, denoting origin. From Mysore, India mystasipum Gk mystax, ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

origin Latin interrogare. interrogative /in-ter-rog-uh-tiv/ adj. in the form of a question or used in questions. n. a word used in questions, e.g. how or what. interrogatory /in-ter-rog-uh-tuh-ri/ adj. questioning. interrupt v. 1 stop the continuous ...

Google previewNoah Webster and the American Dictionary (2005)

by David Micklethwait

"Origin. of. the. Copy-. Right. Laws. in. the. United. States". (himself) who hoped to make money by writ- extent of. In 1841, Webster was visited in New Haven by an Englishman, Charles Lyell, who later wrote, "When the lexicographer...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Shamanism (2007)

by Christina Pratt

Therefore, the exact origin of the word is unknown. Anthropologists suggest that it comes from the peoples of northern Asia and is most closely related to saman of the Evenki (Tungus-speaking hunters and reindeer herders from the Altai ...

Google previewThe Historical Dictionary of Golfing Terms (2005)

From 1500 to the Present by Peter Davies

[Origin: probably Scottish, and probably related to Scottish schoolboys' ...

Google previewAmerican Dictionary of the English Language (1830)

Exhibiting the Origin, Orthography, Pronunciation, and Definitions of Words by Noah Webster

Exhibiting the Origin, Orthography, Pronunciation, and Definitions of Words Noah Webster. s ~~ ~~~~~~~~ _~~~~)=**~~~~--~---• • • • ▻▻~)=~--~-- - - - .Accent the Antepenultimate. - Arabians, Grecians, Herodiane, Antiochians, Corinthians, ...

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Quotes about Origin

Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. (Dante Alighieri)
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Scrabble value of O1R1I1G2I1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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