from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The point at which something comes into existence or from which it derives or is derived.
- n. Ancestry: "We cannot escape our origins, however hard we try” ( James Baldwin).
- n. The fact of originating; rise or derivation: The rumor had its origin in an impulsive remark.
- n. Anatomy The point of attachment of a muscle that remains relatively fixed during contraction.
- n. Mathematics The point of intersection of coordinate axes, as in the Cartesian coordinate system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The beginning of something.
- n. The source of a river, information, goods, etc.
- n. The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect
- n. The proximal end of attachment of a muscle to a bone that will not be moved by the action of that muscle.
- n. an arbitrary point on the earth's surface, chosen as the zero for a system of coordinates.
- n. ancestry
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth.
- n. That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain; the spring; the cause; the occasion.
- n. The point of attachment or end of a muscle which is fixed during contraction; -- in contradistinction to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give rise to; originate; initiate.
- To arise; originate.
- n. Beginning of existence; rise or first manifestation; first stage or indication of being or existence.
- n. That from which anything derives its being or nature; source of being or existence; cause or occasion; fountain; source: as, the origins of a nation.
- n. Hence, parentage; ancestry; pedigree; extraction; birth.
- n. In mathematics, the fixed starting-point from which measurement or motion starts; specifically, in analytical geometry, the point from which the coördinates are measured.
- n. In anatomy: The proximal, larger, or more fixed one of the two ends or attachments of a muscle; the part or place whence a muscle usually acts: opposed to insertion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the place where something begins, where it springs into being
- n. the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
- n. the descendants of one individual
- n. an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
- n. properties attributable to your ancestry
- n. the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived
Sante Maure, also French in origin, is an aged goat's milk cheese, or chevre, with a nutty flavor and aroma and a thin, smooth, blue-gray molding.
Also Middle Eastern in origin is shanklish (sometimes spelled shanclish) made with either cow's or sheep's milk, formed into balls about 2 ½ inches in diameter and covered with zatar seasoning made with crushed sesame seeds, thyme and sumac berries.
Misusing words of Latin origin is a common phenomenon.
Whether these skirts were Nguni rather than indigenous in origin is difficult to establish.
I found that the origin comes from a Greek word, 'Imperium'.
HAD TWO YEARS AGO is that George Will knows that George Will looks better in a Word origin janek51 - 4/11/11 7:22am
Covering his origin is all well and good, but there is much more to the hero than just a silver cloaked costume.
It sounds like the hold-up on more help is financial in origin, which is in equal measures understandable and completely frustrating.
"In this decision, the origin is approached by the force of the gaze, which sets free the essence of the night, removes concern, interrupts the incessant by revealing it: a moment of desire, unconcern, and authority"
Often, she will play with an online dictionary on her laptop to quickly find a word origin.