Origin

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Or´i`gin
n.1.
1.The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth.
This mixed system of opinion and sentiment had its origin in the ancient chivalry.
- Burke.
2.That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain; the spring; the cause; the occasion.
3.(Anat.) The point of attachment or end of a muscle which is fixed during contraction; - in contradistinction to insertion.
Origin of coördinate axes
(Math.) the point where the axes intersect. See Note under Ordinate.
I think he would have set out just as he did, with the origin of ideas - the proper starting point of a grammarian, who is to treat of their signs.
- Tooke.
Famous Greece,
That source of art and cultivated thought
Which they to Rome, and Romans hither, brought.
- Waller.

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