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Another word for origin

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Noun
  1. A point of origination

      1. That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source.
      2. The act or process of bringing or being brought into being; a start:
      3. The initial portion of some extended thing.
      1. In generative linguistics, the generation of a linguistic structure through an ordered or partially ordered series of operations on other structures, such as the creation of a surface structure from a deep structure, or of a complex word from its morphological components.
      2. The form or source from which something is derived; an origin.
      3. (--- Gram.) The process of forming words from bases by the addition of affixes other than inflectional morphemes, or by internal phonetic change
      1. (Figuratively) that from which something flows or proceeds
      2. A device from which poultry may drink
      3. One that initiates or dispenses; a source:
      1. A structure, often decorative, from which a jet or stream of water issues.
      2. The source or beginning of a stream
      3. A spring, especially the source of a stream.
      1. An abundant source of knowledge, etc.
      2. A spring that is the source of a stream
      3. The original or main source of anything
      1. A woman who gives birth to a child.
      2. A woman whose egg unites with a sperm, producing an embryo.
      3. A stringy slime composed of yeast cells and bacteria that forms on the surface of fermenting liquids and is added to wine or cider to start the production of vinegar.
      1. Anything from which other things are derived; source; origin
      2. A female person whose egg unites with a sperm or a male person whose sperm unites with an egg, resulting in the conception of a child or the birth of a child.
      3. A source or cause; an origin:
      1. The records or documents authenticating such an object or the history of its ownership.
      2. Origin; derivation; source
      3. The history of the ownership of an object, especially when documented or authenticated. Used of artworks, antiques, and books.
      1. Origin; derivation
      2. (Archaeology) Source; origin.
      1. The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.
      2. The source, origin, or cause of an action, quality, condition, etc.
      3. The close ties one has with some place or people as through birth, upbringing, long and sympathetic association, etc.
      1. (By extension) The necessary basis for something to develop
      2. (Agriculture) A healthy plant that is used as the base for grafting a scion
      3. A root system of a plant, often with a portion of the stem, to which a shoot or bud is grafted.
      1. A person, book, document, etc. that provides information
      2. One, such as a person or document, that supplies information:
      3. A person or thing from which something comes into being or is derived or obtained:
      1. The season of the year between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to include the months of March, April, and May. In the Southern Hemisphere austral spring includes September, October, and November.
      2. A usually rapid return to normal shape after removal of stress; recoil:
      3. A source, beginning, or motive:
      1. A source of abundant supply; fount
      2. (--- Naut.) An enclosure in the hold of a ship for containing the pumps and protecting them from damage
      3. A compartment or recessed area in a ship, used for stowage:
    See also:

    start

  2. The initial stage of a developmental process

    See also:

    start

  3. One's ancestors or their character or one's ancestral derivation

      1. A series of ancestors or progenitors; lineage, or those who compose the line of natural descent.
      2. Ancestors considered as a group.
      3. Family descent or lineage
      1. The act or process of bearing young; parturition:
      2. The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of its mother, seen in all mammals except monotremes.
      3. The set of characteristics or circumstances received from one's ancestors; inheritance:
      1. One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, identified with the blood found in blood vessels, and thought to cause cheerfulness.
      2. The fluid consisting of plasma, blood cells, and platelets that is circulated by the heart through the vertebrate vascular system, carrying oxygen and nutrients to and waste materials away from all body tissues.
      3. Relationship by descent in the same family line; kinship
      1. The abstract link between a person and their ancestors.
      2. By extension, the predecessors of a particular item or product.
      3. A direct line of descent, esp. of a domestic animal; pedigree; strain
      1. Hereditary derivation; lineage:
      2. The process of descending or falling down from a higher position.
      3. A drop to a lower status or condition.
      1. A thing extracted; extract
      2. Origin; lineage; descent
      3. The act or process of extracting; specif., the extracting of a tooth by a dentist
      1. A group of persons related by descent or marriage:
      2. People in the same line of descent; lineage:
      3. A group of individuals derived from a common stock:
      1. Descent from an ancestor; pedigree; lineage
      2. Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree.
      3. A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.
      1. (--- Football) The linemen considered as a group.
      2. Merchandise or services of a similar or related nature:
      3. A series of persons, especially from one family, who succeed each other:
      1. Direct descent from a particular ancestor; ancestry.
      2. The descendants of a common ancestor considered to be the founder of the line.
      3. Ancestry; family; stock
      1. The position or relation of a parent; parenthood
      2. The social quality of your class in society.
      3. Of or pertaining to one's parents, and in particular, the legitimacy of one's birth.
      1. A chart of an individual's ancestors used in human genetics to analyze Mendelian inheritance of certain traits, especially of familial diseases.
      2. A line of ancestors; a lineage.
      3. A list of ancestors; record of ancestry; family tree
      1. Seeds considered as a group:
      2. A mature fertilized ovule of angiosperms and gymnosperms that contains an embryo and the food it will need to grow into a new plant. Seeds provide a great reproductive advantage in being able to survive for extended periods until conditions are favorable for germination and growth. The seeds of gymnosperms (such as the conifers) develop on scales of cones or similar structures, while the seeds of angiosperms are enclosed in an ovary that develops into a fruit, such as a pome or nut. The structure of seeds varies somewhat. All seeds are enclosed in a protective seed coat. In certain angiosperms the embryo is enclosed in or attached to an endosperm , a tissue that it uses as a food source either before or during germination. All angiosperm embryos also have at least one cotyledon . The first seed-bearing plants emerged at least 365 million years ago in the late Devonian Period. Many angiosperms have evolved specific fruits for dispersal of seeds by the wind, water, or animals.
      3. Family stock; ancestry.
      1. A group of related families of languages.
      2. Any of a number of plants of the crucifer family, as evening stock (Mathiola bicornis), or Virginian stock (Malcomia maritima)
      3. The original progenitor of a family line.
    See also:

    kin

    precede

Another word for origin

Noun
  1. The act of beginning

    See also:

    birth

  2. The place or time of beginning

      1. A spring, fountain, etc. that is the starting point of a stream
      2. One, such as a person or document, that supplies information:
      3. A person or thing from which something comes into being or is derived or obtained:
      1. The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.
      2. The condition of being settled and of belonging to a particular place or society:
      3. The close ties one has with some place or people as through birth, upbringing, long and sympathetic association, etc.
      1. The first part:
      2. The act or process of bringing or being brought into being; a start:
      3. The initial portion of some extended thing.
      1. The beginning of something; start; commencement
      1. The season of the year between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to include the months of March, April, and May. In the Southern Hemisphere austral spring includes September, October, and November.
      2. A usually rapid return to normal shape after removal of stress; recoil:
      3. A source, beginning, or motive:
      1. A culminating point leading to a decision:
      2. A distinct set of copies of an edition of a book distinguished from others of that edition by variations in the printed matter.
      3. An item or set of items, as stamps or coins, made available at one time by a business, government, or organization.
      1. A structure, often decorative, from which a jet or stream of water issues.
      2. The source or beginning of a stream
      3. A spring, especially the source of a stream.
      1. An entrance, opening, or passage
      2. A narrow strip of water extending into a body of land from a river, lake, ocean, etc.; small bay or creek
      3. An opening providing a means of entrance or intake.
      1. In generative linguistics, the generation of a linguistic structure through an ordered or partially ordered series of operations on other structures, such as the creation of a surface structure from a deep structure, or of a complex word from its morphological components.
      2. The form or source from which something is derived; an origin.
      3. (--- Gram.) The process of forming words from bases by the addition of affixes other than inflectional morphemes, or by internal phonetic change
      1. The branch of linguistics that deals with etymologies.
      2. The branch of linguistics dealing with word origin and development
      3. The origin and development of a word, affix, phrase, etc.; the tracing of a word or other form back as far as possible in its own language and to its source in contemporary or earlier languages
      1. The records or documents authenticating such an object or the history of its ownership.
      2. Origin; derivation; source
      3. The history of the ownership of an object, especially when documented or authenticated. Used of artworks, antiques, and books.
      1. Origin; derivation
      2. (Archaeology) Source; origin.
      1. The main upward-growing axis of a plant, having nodes and bearing leaves, usually extending in a direction opposite to that of the root and above the ground, and serving to support the plant and to transport and store food materials; specif., the main stalk or trunk of a tree, shrub, or other plant, from which leaves, flowers, and fruit develop
      2. The cylindrical shaft projecting from a watch, with a knurled knob at its end for winding the spring, setting the hands, etc.
      3. (Linguis.) The part of a word, consisting of a root or a root with one or more affixes, to which inflectional endings are added or in which inflectional phonetic changes are made
      1. A body of ore in a vein, usually elongated and vertical or steeply inclined
      2. A period of photographing, filming, or recording electronically, esp. away from the studio
      3. Action or motion like that of something shot, as of water from a hose
      1. The current style; the fashion.
      2. Any small, leafless branch of a woody plant.
      3. A young shoot representing the current season's growth of a woody plant.
      1. A young tree
      2. A youth
      1. An entrance or a means of entrance:
      2. A website considered as an entry point to other websites, often by being or providing access to a search engine.
      3. A doorway, entrance, or gate, especially one that is large and imposing.
      1. A means of approach or access:
      2. A movable structure for opening or closing an entrance, as to a building or room, or giving access to a closet, cupboard, etc.: most doors turn on hinges, slide in grooves, or revolve on an axis
      3. A movable structure used to close off an entrance, typically consisting of a panel that swings on hinges or that slides or rotates.
      1. (Elec.) A circuit with one output and two or more inputs, whose output is energized only when certain input conditions are satisfied
      2. A movable barrier, as at a railroad crossing or for controlling the start of a horse race
      3. An opening providing passageway through a fence or wall, with or without such a structure; gateway
      1. A means of access
      2. An opening or a structure framing an opening, such as an arch, that may be closed by a gate.
      3. Software or hardware that enables communication between computer networks that use different communications protocols.
      1. A spring that is the source or head of a stream.
      2. The original or main source of anything
      3. A spring that is the source of a stream
      1. A perennial source of anything; a fountainhead of supply or emanation; resource.
      2. The source of a stream, spring, etc.; fountainhead
      3. The source of water for a stream, spring or well; a fountainhead; a wellhead.
      1. (Figuratively) A source.
      2. A fountainhead; a source:
      3. A source of a natural spring.
      1. A large basin, now typically supported by a pedestal, for holding water to be used in baptizing
      2. In phototypesetting, a set of patterns forming glyphs of any size, or the film they are stored on.
      3. (Computing) A computer file containing the code used to draw and compose the glyphs of one or more typographic fonts on a computer display or printer. A font file.
      1. (Figuratively) that from which something flows or proceeds
      2. A device from which poultry may drink
      3. One that initiates or dispenses; a source:
      1. (--- Naut.) An enclosure in the hold of a ship for containing the pumps and protecting them from damage
      2. An open space extending vertically through the floors of a building, as for stairs or ventilation.
      3. A compartment or recessed area in a ship, used for stowage:
      1. The location where a person was born.
      2. The place where someone is born or where something originates.
      3. (By extension) The location where something was created or devised.
      1. The starting point.
      2. The point from which someone or something started
      3. (Idiomatic) the place where one begins; a lack of progress
      1. A central part; a focal point.
      2. An ancient religious stone artifact, or baetylus, used to denote the direction of the "center" of the world.
      3. The theological proposition that the world was created with certain indicia of a history which had not actually occurred (such as the humans who had never been connected to umbilical cords being created with navels).
      1. A small low bed for an infant, often furnished with rockers.
      2. Anything resembling a cradle or used somewhat like a cradle, as for holding or rocking
      3. A framework of wood or metal used to support something, such as a ship undergoing construction or repair.
      1. A set or series of similar things, each fitting within the one next larger
      2. A group of weapons in a prepared position:
      3. A structure or shelter made or used by a bird to hold its eggs during incubation and to house its young until fledged.
      1. A place where something is generated.
      2. An encompassing, protective hollow or space.
      3. Any place or part that holds, envelops, generates, etc.
      1. Any place that fosters rapid growth or extensive activity
      2. An environment conducive to vigorous growth or development, especially of something undesirable:
      3. A low bed of earth covered with glass, and heated with rotting manure; used for the germination of seeds and the growth of tender plants. A hotbed works as a miniature hothouse, i.e. greenhouse.
      1. A natural or artificial pond or lake used for the storage and regulation of water.
      2. A small intercellular space, often containing resin, essential oil, or some other secreted matter.
      3. A place where anything is collected and stored, generally in large quantity; esp., a natural or artificial lake or pond in which water is collected and stored for use
      1. A furnace for heating metal to be wrought
      2. A place where metal is heated and hammered or wrought into shape; smithy
      3. A place where wrought iron is made from pig iron or iron ore
      1. The beginning (of something)
      2. A first appearance; a beginning:
      3. A female given name sometimes given to a girl born at that time of day.
      1. The beginning or earliest stage of anything
      2. The earliest period of childhood, especially before the ability to walk has been acquired.
      3. An early stage of existence:
      1. (Uncountable) The state of being a child.
      2. The time during which one is a child, from between infancy and puberty.
      3. (By extension) The early stages of development of something.
      1. An early period of development or existence:
      2. Young people considered as a group.
      3. The condition or quality of being young:
  3. Cause

      1. (--- Medicine) A form of a radioactive isotope that is used to localize and concentrate the amount of radiation administered to a body site, such as a tumor.
      2. In the development of certain lower animals, a form suitable for transplanting, as spat
      3. A mature fertilized ovule of angiosperms and gymnosperms that contains an embryo and the food it will need to grow into a new plant. Seeds provide a great reproductive advantage in being able to survive for extended periods until conditions are favorable for germination and growth. The seeds of gymnosperms (such as the conifers) develop on scales of cones or similar structures, while the seeds of angiosperms are enclosed in an ovary that develops into a fruit, such as a pome or nut. The structure of seeds varies somewhat. All seeds are enclosed in a protective seed coat. In certain angiosperms the embryo is enclosed in or attached to an endosperm , a tissue that it uses as a food source either before or during germination. All angiosperm embryos also have at least one cotyledon . The first seed-bearing plants emerged at least 365 million years ago in the late Devonian Period. Many angiosperms have evolved specific fruits for dispersal of seeds by the wind, water, or animals.
      1. A microorganism, especially a pathogen.
      2. (Biology) A small mass of protoplasm or cells from which a new organism or one of its parts may develop.
      3. The earliest form of an organism; a seed, bud, or spore.
      1. A theater or theatrical activity, especially outside of a main theatrical center:
      2. A kind of financial security granting rights of ownership in a corporation, such as a claim to a portion of the assets and earnings of the corporation and the right to vote for the board of directors. Stock is issued and traded in units called shares.
      3. The descendants of a common ancestor; a family line, especially of a specified character:
      1. Of or pertaining to one's parents, and in particular, the legitimacy of one's birth.
      2. The position or relation of a parent; parenthood
      3. Derivation from a source; origin.
      1. A series of ancestors or progenitors; lineage, or those who compose the line of natural descent.
      2. Ancestors considered as a group.
      3. Condition as to ancestors; ancestral lineage; hence, birth or honorable descent.
      1. Anything from which other things are derived; source; origin
      2. A female person whose egg unites with a sperm or a male person whose sperm unites with an egg, resulting in the conception of a child or the birth of a child.
      3. A source or cause; an origin:
      1. Anything regarded as a precursor or forerunner of a later thing
      2. (Law) The deceased person from whom an estate has been inherited
      3. A person from whom one is descended, especially if more remote than a grandparent; a forebear.
      1. The coming into being of something; the origin.
      2. The way in which something comes to be; beginning; origin
      3. (Proper) The first book of the Bible, giving an account of the Creation
      1. The oval or round body laid by a female bird, fish, reptile, insect, etc., containing a supply of nutrients, a protective membrane, and, when fertilized, the embryo of a new individual: many kinds of eggs have a thin, brittle shell as an outer covering
      2. The round or oval female reproductive body of various animals, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and insects, consisting usually of an embryo surrounded by nutrient material and a protective covering.
      3. The oval, thin-shelled reproductive body of a bird, especially that of a hen, used as food.
      1. A male gamete, esp. a spermatozoon rather than a spermatozoid
      2. A substance, such as spermaceti, obtained from a sperm whale.
      3. A male gamete, such as a spermatozoon of an animal or one of the cells or nuclei produced by a pollen grain of a plant.
      1. The collection of cells that has developed from the fertilized egg of a vertebrate animal, before all the major organs have developed.
      2. The rudimentary plant contained in a seed, usually made up of hypocotyl, radicle, plumule, and cotyledons
      3. A collection of such cells of a human, especially from implantation in the uterine wall through the eighth week of development.
      1. A rule or standard, especially of good behavior:
      2. A basic or essential quality or element determining intrinsic nature or characteristic behavior:
      3. A fundamental truth, law, doctrine, or motivating force, upon which others are based
      1. The forces that constitute the weather, especially severe or inclement weather:
      2. The natural or suitable environment, situation, etc. for a person or thing
      3. An artificially produced radioactive element with atomic number 116 whose most stable isotope has a mass number of 293 and a half-life of less than one tenth of a second.
      1. (Chem.) In organic chemistry, a fundamental, stable arrangement of atoms, as the benzene ring, that may occur in many compounds by atomic substitution without structural change
      2. A thing or part forming the center around which other things or parts are grouped or collected; core
      3. (Biol.) The central, usually spherical or oval mass of protoplasm present in most plant and animal cells, containing most of the hereditary material and necessary to such functions as growth, reproduction, etc.
      1. (Theol., proper, epithet) God as the uncaused cause of all being
      2. Alternative spelling of first cause.
      3. A primary cause of anything; source
      1. A person who makes or originates something; creator; originator
      2. One who writes or constructs an electronic document or system, such as a website.
      3. A writer of a book, article, etc.; often specif., a person whose profession is writing books
      1. One that creates:
      2. One who creates
      3. God. Used with the.
      1. Love; affection:
      2. Emotional constitution, basic disposition, or character:
      3. The human heart considered as the center or source of emotions, personality attributes, etc.
      1. A machine, as a turbine, that converts a natural force into productive power
      2. Any natural force applied by people to produce power, as muscular energy or flowing water
      3. A machine or mechanism that converts natural energy into work.