origin has definitions from the fields of genetics,mathematics
[ noun ] 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"

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

For_example , there was sheet_music with the word `` jazz '' in the title , to illustrate how a word of uncertain origin took_hold .

(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)

The name presumably derives from the French royal_house which never learned and never forgot ; since Bourbon whiskey , though of Kentucky origin , is at_least as much favored by liberals in the North as by conservatives in the South .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

The low intensity of the radiation from Saturn has limited observations , but again the measured radiation seems to be consistent with a thermal origin .

The radio_emission of a planet was first detected in 1955 , when Burke and Franklin ( 1955 ) identified the origin of interference like radio_noise on their records at about 15 meters wave_length as emission from Jupiter .

Steady radiation which was presumably of thermal origin was observed from Venus at 3.15 and 9.4 cm , and from Mars and Jupiter at 3.15 cm in 1956 ( Mayer , McCullough , and Sloanaker , 1958 a , b , c ) , and from Saturn at 3.75 cm in 1957 ( Drake and Ewen , 1958 ) .

[ noun ] (genetics) properties attributable to your ancestry


descent extraction


"he comes from good origins"

Used in print

(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)

This is the only case in modern history of a_people of Britannic origin submitting without continued struggle to what they view_as foreign domination .

(Robert A. Futterman, The Future of Our Cities....)

Though Americans usually lived in groups segregated by national origin or religious_belief , they liked to work and shop in the noise and vitality of downtown .

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ancestry full_blood

[ noun ] (mathematics) the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero

Used in print

(R. P. Jerrard, "Inscribed squares in plane curves"...)

In the C-plane we construct a set of rectangular Cartesian coordinates u , v with the origin at Q and such_that both C and **f have finite slope at Q .

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[ noun ] an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events

Used in print

(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)

However , it is important to trace the philosophy of the French_Revolution to its sources to understand the common democratic origin of individualism and socialism and the influence of the latter on the former .

[ noun ] the descendants of one individual


"his entire lineage has been warriors"

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genealogy breed family side rear