General Science

  • 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.