Origin (start)

"Origin" refers to the beginning, starting-point, cause, or ultimate source, from which a thing is derived.


*A general point in time. Also referred to more in technical senses an Epoch, Epochal date, Epochal event, Epochal moment, but with more specific meaning.
*A human's genealogy.
*A dog's pedigree.
*The place or point at which a muscle, nerve, etc., arises.
*The point of intersection of the axes in Cartesian coordinate system.
*The pole in polar coordinates.
*The source of a river system.
*The first stage of existence.
*The birth of a living entity, thought, belief or idea.

cience and philosophy

* Cosmology, origin and evolution of the universe.
* Epistemology, origin of knowledge.
* Etymology, origin of words.
* Genealogy, origin of families.
* Paleoanthropology, the study of human origin.
* Toponymy, origin of place names.

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  • Start — »Ablauf‹stelle›, Abfahrt, Abflug, Absprung; Beginn, Anfang«: Das Fremdwort wurde im 19. Jh. aus gleichbed. engl. start entlehnt. Das zugrunde liegende Verb engl. to start »fortstürzen, auffahren, losgehen, ablaufen; beginnen usw.«, das mit dt. ↑… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • start — ► VERB 1) begin to do, be, happen, or engage in. 2) begin to operate or work. 3) cause to happen or operate. 4) begin to move or travel. 5) jump or jerk from surprise. 6) literary move or appear suddenly. 7) rouse (game) from its la …   English terms dictionary

  • start — [n1] beginning alpha*, birth, bow, commencement, countdown, dawn, dawning, day one*, derivation, embarkation, exit, first step, flying start*, foundation, inauguration, inception, initiation, jump off, kickoff*, leaving, onset, opening, origin,… …   New thesaurus

  • origin — I (ancestry) noun ancestral descent, birth, bloodline, derivation, descent, dynasty, extraction, family, filiation, genealogical tree, genealogy, heritage, kith and kin, line, line of ancestors, line of descent, lineage, origo, parentage,… …   Law dictionary

  • origin — [n1] cause, basis agent, ancestor, ancestry, antecedent, author, base, causality, causation, connection, creator, derivation, determinant, egg*, element, embryo, fountain, generator, germ, horse’s mouth*, impulse, inception, inducement, influence …   New thesaurus

  • start — I noun beginning, birth, commencement, dawn, derivation, embarkation, emergence, evolution, exordium, first step, foundation, genesis, inauguration, inception, inchoation, incipience, incipiency, infancy, initiation, initium, onset, opening,… …   Law dictionary

  • start — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. begin, commence, set out; jerk, jump, shy; loosen, crack; originate; get going; startle, rouse. See beginning, propulsion, impulse, departure, fear. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [The beginning] Syn.… …   English dictionary for students

  • Origin of language — The origin of language is the emergence of language in the human species. This is a highly controversial topic, empirical evidence being so limited that many regard it as unsuitable for serious scholars. In 1866, the Linguistic Society of Paris… …   Wikipedia

  • origin — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. beginning, cause, commencement; descent, source, fountainhead, derivation, rise, ancestry. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [The act of beginning] Syn. rise, start, starting, genesis, alpha, commencement, outset …   English dictionary for students

  • start — verb 1》 come or bring into being.     ↘begin to do.     ↘begin to move or travel.     ↘begin to attend (a school, college, etc.) or engage in (an occupation). 2》 cause to happen.     ↘begin to operate.     ↘cause or enable to begin doing… …   English new terms dictionary

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