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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ethnic origin/background (=the race or country that someone originally came from)
▪ Schools are increasingly composed of pupils of different religions and different ethnic origins.
humble background/origins etc
▪ Iacocca rose from humble beginnings to become boss of Ford.
sb’s/sth’s country of origin (=where you were born or live permanently, or where something was produced)
▪ Please give your name, age, and country of origin.
sb’s/sth’s place of originformal (= the place where someone or something first came from)
▪ I believe my mother's place of origin was Sierra Leone.
▪ In this third example, however, the question has a different origin.
▪ It is therefore already apparent that the suggested different origins of the glasses can be linked with their different chemical compositions.
▪ The balance of Maxwell's group was rather different, with origins in printing and in magazine and trade publishing.
▪ This is how you realise they have different origins.
▪ Butler herself had rather different origins.
▪ Rivalries thus developed within the administration among officials of different places of origin.
▪ More lists, long computer analyses of each individual - background, ethnic origins, age, record, previous political activities.
▪ I suspect that removing the information about ethnic origin would only postpone the discrimination to the interview stage.
▪ The present population of Britain also includes approximately 2.4 million people of minority ethnic origin.
▪ The search for human origins in the material record, by the techniques of archaeology, could begin.
▪ In the next generation after Thales, Anaximander extended scientific myth to include human origins.
▪ The debate over human origins in nineteenth-century Britain provides a helpful example.
▪ Sid was always fond of reminding his audience of darts' humble origins.
▪ In the case of plumes, the evidence for how they look comes from humble origins.
▪ As a prime minister he probably ranked with Ramsay MacDonald in humble origin and modest wealth.
▪ A man of humble origins with little formal education, Mr Bérégovoy had always taken pride in his reputation for integrity.
▪ Dentists have a humble origin, in that they are part of the history of jewellery.
▪ The list is bottomless, no doubt, but what about his humble origins?
▪ Slightly larger objects, however different and unrelated, should be grouped so that they have something in common like colour or national origin.
▪ The Bakke decision permitted the use of race or national origin as a factor in college admissions.
▪ The national origin of the agents of media control is not the point.
▪ They frequently discriminate on the basis of race, religion or national origin.
▪ But whatever the parentage, this new decentralized way admits to no national origin nor exclusive use by anyone.
▪ If the answer is yes, should it be a family similar to the child's racial and cultural origin?
▪ People are immensely flexible in their habits, depending on their racial origin, religion, wealth, and ecology.
▪ Then there are those families who emphasise differences by their awareness of the racial origin of the child.
▪ But these bodies are of comparatively recent origin.
▪ What about physical understandings of more recent origin?
▪ Are the rather variable and unpredictable patterns of kin support, which I identified in chapter 1, of recent origin?
▪ In its present form this story is of recent origin, although it is derived from an ancient tale.
▪ The concept of aggression, however, is of relatively recent origin.
▪ Some have been around a long time, others are of more recent origins.
▪ Like much political folk wisdom, this particular belief is of recent origin.
▪ Bright rays have not yet been darkened by these means and thus represent ejecta from craters of relatively recent origin.
▪ The grammar school paid little or no formal attention to the social origins of their pupils, and parents paid no fees.
▪ After all, morality is social in origin.
▪ This does not, however, render the question of social origins of state personnel, such as bureaucrats, sterile.
▪ The most comprehensive in terms of social class origins covers the period from 1820 to 1968.
▪ But what, I ask myself, are its social and biological origins?
▪ The social origins of the new administrators have interested historians.
▪ Some modern sample-based studies have successfully explored the relations between social origins, attitudes and behaviour.
▪ The social origin of its members, the initial preponderance of intelligentsia over workers, was utterly irrelevant.
▪ We found that 20 of the estimates originated from six source studies, with one being of unknown origin.
▪ With the exception of computed tomography most radiological investigations can not identify the primary tumour in metastatic disease of unknown origin.
▪ Gorich etal found the primary site by computed tomography in 58% of 31 patients with metastatic disease of unknown origin.
▪ Since metastases of unknown origins are usually poorly differentiated the sensitivity of testing with these antibodies would also be reduced.
▪ Products of unknown origin I am surprised at just how many products show no manufacturer's address.
▪ Some patients with metastasis of unknown origin do have responsive tumours.
▪ What needs to be explained is the origin of concentrations of wealth and security or of poverty and deprivation.
▪ The myth, told in a giant earth figure called the Fisherman, explains the origin of the Colorado River.
▪ Chapter 6 compares efforts to explain the origins, characteristics, and impact of non-violent political dissent and social movement activity.
▪ She also explained the origin of the castle.
▪ She'd explained to me the origin of the Paisley pattern.
▪ The approach is usually genetic: if you can explain the origin of something, you have explained its current nature as well.
▪ The family name, Beurze, explains the origins of the name for similar operations all over the Continent.
▪ Population genetics owes its origin to Francis Galton, who put the study of human heredity on a mathematical footing.
▪ The glass in the regolith owes its origin to impacts of cometary and asteroidal material with the lunar surface.
▪ The second kind of modern atheism owes its origins to Feuerbach and its most powerful expression to Marx.
▪ Such effects owe their origin to gradients in the field and are called tidal effects.
▪ As to length, there are two traditional ways of measuring and both owe their origins to tiger shooting.
▪ The group, he said, owed its origins to direct action by environmentalists in Britain.
▪ Nevertheless, it is appropriate to consider here those components of karst topography that owe much of their origin to weathering processes.
▪ It is quite possible that the Wandjina figures owe their origin to external influence.
▪ This suggests a monophyletic origin for Trichogramma parthenogenesis bacteria.
▪ All the phenomena to be described under the section Complex Partial Seizures strongly suggest a temporal lobe origin.
▪ It is therefore already apparent that the suggested different origins of the glasses can be linked with their different chemical compositions.
▪ The natural color of the clay communicates its earthy source and the smoky black tones on the surface suggest an ancient origin.
▪ Some elements of the event may be thought to suggest a very ancient origin.
▪ Their analysis traces the political origins and impact of social movement activity in terms of the protection of individual rights of citizenship.
▪ If today such spending amounts to roughly two-thirds of all economic activity, we can trace its origin back to the 1920s.
▪ The present system of bargaining and control is therefore best understood by tracing its origins and developments.
▪ Cellular technology is not a new concept; some authorities have traced its origins to 1947.
▪ This makes tracing the origin a difficult matter.
▪ Many trace the origin of this crisis to the 1993 advent of free agency, which has sent salaries skyrocketing.
▪ They are a very old family and trace their origins back right through the centuries.
▪ In raising such questions, the intention is to lay warnings about tracing the origins of voluntary collectivism in selected traditions.
▪ None the less, they are worth considering, because they help us to understand both the origin and the artificiality of feudalism.
▪ With these techniques the woman can understand the origin of her problem and may sometimes be able to resolve it.
▪ To understand the origin of species we need to know what these frontiers are and how they arise.
▪ Seeking to understand our origins and our destiny.
▪ We simply do not understand the origin of this hugely variable relation between injury and pain.
▪ The present system of bargaining and control is therefore best understood by tracing its origins and developments.
▪ He could hear the fear in their voices and understood its origin.
▪ It is important to understand the nature and origin of blocks and resistances.
▪ Advanced computer systems could trace the origin of every gun used in a violent crime.
▪ AIDS became widespread in the 1980s, but no-one is certain of its origin.
▪ Federal law requires that every product should show its country of origin.
▪ He's writing a dictionary that explains the origin of words.
▪ Hughes's book 'The Fatal Shore' is a study of the origins of Australia as a British penal colony.
▪ Kennedy's Irish-Catholic origins
▪ Nine percent of the city's population is of Hispanic origin.
▪ The magazines were organized by country of origin.
▪ Today's ceremony is a modern version of a tradition which has its origins in medieval times.
▪ But I want to know my origins, my beginnings.
▪ Could it be that one far-off day intelligent computers will speculate about their own lost origins?
▪ Indeed, the schemata of adulthood have their origins in the schemata of early childhood.
▪ Moreover, much of the growing industrial labour force was not of urban origin.
▪ Others have been acquired from other sources, although the exact origins of some of these remain somewhat obscure.
▪ Regardless of its origins, the tarbush in its heyday once was favored by king and countryman alike.
▪ Simple yet sophisticated, this dish has its origins in Rome.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Origin \Or"i*gin\, n. [F. origine, L. origo, -iginis, fr. oriri to rise, become visible; akin to Gr. 'orny`nai to stir up, rouse, Skr. [.r], and perh. to E. run.]

  1. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth.

    This mixed system of opinion and sentiment had its origin in the ancient chivalry.

  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 co["o]rdinate axes (Math.), the point where the axes intersect. See Note under Ordinate.

    Syn: Commencement; rise; source; spring; fountain; derivation; cause; root; foundation.

    Usage: Origin, Source. Origin denotes the rise or commencement of a thing; source presents itself under the image of a fountain flowing forth in a continuous stream of influences. The origin of moral evil has been much disputed, but no one can doubt that it is the source of most of the calamities of our race.

    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.

    Famous Greece, That source of art and cultivated thought Which they to Rome, and Romans hither, brought.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, "ancestry, race," from Old French origine "origin, race," and directly from Latin originem (nominative origo) "a rise, commencement, beginning, source; descent, lineage, birth," from stem of oriri "to rise, become visible, appear" (see orchestra).


n. 1 The beginning of something. 2 The source of a river, information, goods, etc.

  1. n. 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" [syn: beginning, root, rootage, source]

  2. properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from good origins" [syn: descent, extraction]

  3. an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events [syn: origination, inception]

  4. the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero

  5. the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, parentage, stemma, stock]


Origin, origins, or original may refer to:

Origin (Evanescence album)

Origin is the first demo album by the alternative metal band Evanescence. It was released in 2000 on Bigwig Enterprises. Only 2,500 album copies were pressed and sold at the band's live concerts in Little Rock, Arkansas, and on the Bigwig Enterprises website.

Origin (comics)

Wolverine: The Origin is a six-issue comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics from November 2001 to March 2002, written by Bill Jemas, Joe Quesada and Paul Jenkins, and illustrated by Andy Kubert (pencils) and Richard Isanove (color).

Wolverine: The Origin tells the story of the superhero Wolverine, best known as a member of the X-Men. Since the character first appeared in the early 1970s his history had often been shrouded in mystery, with bits of information revealed piecemeal over time (notably in Weapon X), but this series was the first to reveal Wolverine's early days and his original background. In their introductions, some of those who worked on the series express their reluctance to reveal the actual origins of one of the comic world's most popular and mysterious characters. Even Wolverine himself has few recollections of where he came from and this was an essential part of his appeal.

Origin (mathematics)

In mathematics, the origin of a Euclidean space is a special point, usually denoted by the letter O, used as a fixed point of reference for the geometry of the surrounding space.

In physical problems, the choice of origin is often arbitrary, meaning any choice of origin will ultimately give the same answer. This allows one to pick an origin point that makes the mathematics as simple as possible, often by taking advantage of some kind of geometric symmetry.

Origin (Angel)

"Origin" is episode 18 of season five in the television show Angel.

Origin (Origin album)

Origin is the debut studio album by death metal band Origin. The album has a rawer, more straightforward and more brutal sound than their more technical later albums. This album was the first death metal album released on a label to incorporate the use of gravity blasts although their original drummer George Fluke used the gravity blast on their 1998 EP A Coming into Existence.

Origin (Borknagar album)

Origin is Borknagar's seventh studio album, and is primarily an acoustic effort. Origin explores the band's more progressive and traditional elements.

Following his brief departure from the band during the recording sessions of Epic, this album would mark bassist Tyr's rejoining of the band.

"Oceans Rise" is an acoustic remake of the original which appeared on their 1998 release The Archaic Course.

Origin (magazine)

Origin was an American poetry magazine that was founded in 1951 by Cid Corman. The magazine provided an early platform for the work of Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Gary Snyder, Theodore Enslin and other important, ground-breaking poets, who collectively created an alternative to academic poetry.

Origin (band)

Origin is an American death metal band from Topeka, Kansas, founded in 1998. They have been recognized by music critics and metal fans alike for combining a harsh sound with a high level of technical skill.

Origin's music is characterized by almost exclusive use of several specific, difficult playing techniques: blast beats on the drum kit, multiple death growled vocals, and arpeggios and sweep picking on both the guitars and the bass guitar. Their songs often have uneven, shifting time signatures. In spite of Origin's obscurity, the extremity of their music, and their lack of an official website, in 2008 they scored a minor American hit with the release of their fourth studio album, Antithesis.

Origin (software)

Origin is a proprietary computer program for interactive scientific graphing and data analysis. It is produced by OriginLab Corporation, and runs on Microsoft Windows. It has inspired several platform-independent open-source clones like QtiPlot or SciDAVis.

Graphing support in Origin includes various 2D/3D plot types.

Data analyses in Origin include statistics, signal processing, curve fitting and peak analysis. Origin's curve fitting is performed by the nonlinear least squares fitter which is based on the Levenberg–Marquardt algorithm.

Origin imports data files in various formats such as ASCII text, Excel, NI TDM, DIADem, NetCDF, SPC, etc. It also exports the graph to various image file formats such as JPEG, GIF, EPS, TIFF, etc. There is also a built-in query tool for accessing database data via ADO.

Origin (digital distribution software)

Origin is an online gaming, digital distribution and digital rights management (DRM) platform developed by Electronic Arts that allows users to purchase games on the internet for PC and mobile platforms, and download them with the Origin client (formerly EA Download Manager, EA Downloader and EA Link). Origin for Mac has been available since February 8, 2013.

Origin features social features like profile management, networking with friends with chat and direct game joining along with an in-game overlay, streaming via TwitchTV and sharing of game library and community integration with networking sites like Facebook, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Nintendo Network. Electronic Arts has stated that it wanted Origin to match Valve's Steam service, Origin's leading competitor, by the end of March 2012, by adding cloud game saves, auto-patching, achievements and rewards, and cross-platform releases. Origin has over 50 million registered users.

Origin (Dayseeker album)

Origin is the second full-length album by American post-hardcore band Dayseeker. The album was released on April 21, 2015 via inVogue Records.

Usage examples of "origin".

In some cases, I do not doubt that the intercrossing of species, aboriginally distinct, has played an important part in the origin of our domestic productions.

Their origins are a matter of record, in the merger nineteen years ago of the depraved Temple of Abraxas with a discredited house of surgical software, Frewin Maisang Tobermory.

And in that orderly transfer of power from an absolutist to a constitutional monarchy French commentators saw not merely a consummation of political virtue but the origins of British financial success.

Fireworks, a rocket in a silver arc, white actinic fire in high parabola, its origin somewhere to the left, its terminus twenty yards behind Johan Schmidt.

Origin, history, distribution, characteristics, adaptability, uses, and standards of excellence of all pedigreed breeds of cattle, sheep and swine in America.

The chief secret, however, of the origin of the peculiar phrases under consideration consisted in their striking fitness to the nature and facts of the case, their adaptedness to express these facts in a bold and vivid manner.

Abu Obeidah admonished his brethren not to despise the baser origin of Dames, since he himself, could he relinquish the public care, would cheerfully serve under the banner of the slave.

Professor Agrest, a Russian physicist, also maintains that a strange rock platform in Lebanon, whose origin and original purpose have baffled archeologists and geologists for several years, was constructed by aliens as a launching pad.

It does not, I should suppose, lie in the way of The Century, whose general audience on both sides of the Atlantic takes only an amused interest in this singular revival of a traditional literary animosity--an anachronism in these tolerant days when the reading world cares less and less about the origin of literature that pleases it--it does not lie in the way of The Century to do more than report this phenomenal literary effervescence.

The tales of her Whitechapel origin, and heading mobs wielding bludgeons, are absolutely false, traceable to scandalizing anecdotists like Mr.

I have given the story in detail, as showing the origin and character of the destructive raids, of which New England annalists show only the results.

Chapter VII Instinct Instincts comparable with habits, but different in their origin -- Instincts graduated -- Aphides and ants -- Instincts variable -- Domestic instincts, their origin -- Natural instincts of the cuckoo, ostrich, and parasitic bees -- Slave-making ants -- Hive-bee, its cell-making instinct - - Difficulties on the theory of the Natural Selection of instincts -- Neuter or sterile insects -- Summary.

Removal of the male member and testes against apicial gelding, on this one game on the Board of Origin.

The Apocalyptists and Rabbis attributed pre-existence, that is, a heavenly origin to many sacred things and persons, such as the Patriarchs, Moses, the Tabernacle, the Temple vessels, the city of Jerusalem.

Indian apologues, or the so-called fables of Bidpay, on the origin of which several dissertations have been written.