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NOUN (6)

1. the place where something begins, where it springs into being;
- Example: "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"
- Example: "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"
- Example: "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"
- Example: "communism's Russian root"
[syn: beginning, origin, root, rootage, source]

2. properties attributable to your ancestry;
- Example: "he comes from good origins"
[syn: origin, descent, extraction]

3. an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events;
[syn: origin, origination, inception]

4. the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero;

5. the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived;
- Example: "the rumor had its origin in idle gossip"
- Example: "vegetable origins"
- Example: "mineral origin"
- Example: "origin in sensation"

6. the descendants of one individual;
- Example: "his entire lineage has been warriors"
[syn: lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Origin \Or"i*gin\, n. [F. origine, L. origo, -iginis, fr. oriri to rise, become visible; akin to Gr. 'orny`nai to stir up, rouse, Skr. [.r], and perh. to E. run.] [1913 Webster] 1. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth. [1913 Webster] This mixed system of opinion and sentiment had its origin in the ancient chivalry. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain; the spring; the cause; the occasion. [1913 Webster] 3. (Anat.) The point of attachment or end of a muscle which is fixed during contraction; -- in contradistinction to insertion. [1913 Webster] Origin of coordinate axes (Math.), the point where the axes intersect. See Note under Ordinate. [1913 Webster] Syn: Commencement; rise; source; spring; fountain; derivation; cause; root; foundation. Usage: Origin, Source. Origin denotes the rise or commencement of a thing; source presents itself under the image of a fountain flowing forth in a continuous stream of influences. The origin of moral evil has been much disputed, but no one can doubt that it is the source of most of the calamities of our race. [1913 Webster] I think he would have set out just as he did, with the origin of ideas -- the proper starting point of a grammarian, who is to treat of their signs. --Tooke. [1913 Webster] Famous Greece, That source of art and cultivated thought Which they to Rome, and Romans hither, brought. --Waller. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

origin n 1: 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" [syn: beginning, origin, root, rootage, source] 2: properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from good origins" [syn: origin, descent, extraction] 3: an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events [syn: origin, origination, inception] 4: the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero 5: the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived; "the rumor had its origin in idle gossip"; "vegetable origins"; "mineral origin"; "origin in sensation" 6: the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

98 Moby Thesaurus words for "origin": A, alpha, ancestry, babyhood, base, basis, beginning, beginnings, birth, birthplace, blast-off, blood, childhood, commencement, comparative linguistics, conception, cradle, creation, cutting edge, dawn, dawning, derivation, descent, edge, eponymy, establishment, etymology, extraction, flying start, folk etymology, foundation, fount, fountain, fresh start, freshman year, genealogy, genesis, grass roots, head, heritage, historical linguistics, inauguration, inception, inchoation, incipience, incipiency, incunabula, infancy, institution, jump-off, kick-off, launch, launching, leading edge, lineage, maternity, nascence, nascency, nativity, new departure, oncoming, onset, opening, original, origination, origins, outbreak, outset, parentage, parturition, paternity, pedigree, pregnancy, provenance, provenience, radical, radix, rise, root, running start, semantic history, send-off, setting in motion, setting-up, source, square one, start, start-off, starting point, stem, stock, take-off, taproot, well, wellspring, whence, word history, youth