Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of bringing or being brought into being; a start.
  • noun The time when something begins or is begun.
  • noun The place where something begins or is begun.
  • noun The first part.
  • noun An early stage or phase.
  • noun The source or cause.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The origin; source; first cause.
  • noun The point of time or epoch at which anything begins; specifically, the time when the universe began to be.
  • noun The initial stage or first part of any process or proceeding; the starting-point: as, a small beginning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of doing that which begins anything; commencement of an action, state, or space of time; entrance into being or upon a course; the first act, effort, or state of a succession of acts or states.
  • noun That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
  • noun That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
  • noun Enterprise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The act of doing that which begins anything; commencement of an action, state, or space of time; entrance into being or upon a course; the first act, effort, or state of a succession of acts or states.
  • noun That which is begun; a rudiment or element.
  • noun That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
  • noun The initial portion of some extended thing.
  • verb Present participle of begin.
  • adjective informal Of or relating to the first portion of some extended thing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the first part or section of something
  • noun the time at which something is supposed to begin
  • noun the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  • adjective serving to begin
  • noun the act of starting something
  • noun the event consisting of the start of something

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Verbal noun of begin.

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Examples

  • It is here contended, on the other hand, that no conservation of any such variations could ever have given rise to the faintest beginning of any such moral perceptions; that by "Natural Selection" alone the maxim _fiat justitia, ruat coelum_ could never have been excogitated, still less have found a widespread acceptance; that it is impotent to suggest even an approach towards an explanation of the _first beginning_ of the idea of

    On the Genesis of Species

  • But while no hypothesis of development can neutralize or explain away the great geologic fact, that every true species had a beginning independently, apparently, of every preceding species, there was demonstrably a general progress, in the course of creation, from lower to higher forms, which seems scarce less fraught with important consequences to the natural theologian than this fact of _beginning_ itself.

    The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed

  • He was near the end; nay, rather, near the beginning, according to the saying, _when a man hath finished then is he but at the beginning_. [

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh

  • It claims to have used the term beginning in July 2001 and accuses Bauer of infringing its mark.

  • It claims to have used the term beginning in July 2001 and accuses Bauer of infringing its mark.

  • She eventually became a leader of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, initially as a founder and then as the first president of the Women's Division, her term beginning in 1956.

    Personal Information for Helene Moses

  • District Judge Ronald N. Davies decided, and ruled that nine black students be admitted for the term beginning in the fall of 1957.

    Eric Burns: The Golden Year of Television News

  • District Judge Ronald N. Davies decided, and ruled that nine black students be admitted for the term beginning in the fall of 1957.

    Eric Burns: The Golden Year of Television News

  • His record of Supreme Court clerks, including his reported hires for the term beginning in October:

    Opera-loving justices bring the music to the high court

  • She eventually became a leader of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, initially as a founder and then as the first president of the Women's Division, her term beginning in 1956.

    Personal Information for Helene Moses

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