- noun the end of muscle that is attached to a part of the skeleton that does not move as a result of a contraction.
- noun the point where a nerve or blood vessel begins
- noun the base from which a map projection is drawn
- noun the place where something or someone originally comes from
- noun the position on a display screen to which all coordinates are referenced, usually the top left hand corner of the screen
- noun a location in memory at which the first instruction of a program is stored
- noun a zero point on a graph
- In a coordinate system, such as the Cartesian coordinate system, the point where all axes intersect.
- The point where something comes into existence, begins, or departs from.
Information & Library Science
- noun the place or time of the beginning of something
- noun a country, place or social class of a person’s parents or ancestors
- noun a place where a muscle is attached, or where the branch of a nerve or blood vessel begins
- noun where something comes from, or the place where a traveller has started his or her journey
Origin & History of “origin”
Etymologically, origin denotes literally an ‘arising’. The word was borrowed from Latin orīgō ‘source’, a derivative of the verb orīrī ‘rise’. this also produced English abort (16th c.) (etymologically ‘be born badly’) and orient.