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1. Anatomy
a. the end of a muscle, opposite its point of insertion
b. the beginning of a nerve or blood vessel or the site where it first starts to branch out
2. Maths
a. the point of intersection of coordinate axes or planes
b. the point whose coordinates are all zero
3. Commerce the country from which a commodity or product originates

origin

[′är·ə·jən]
(anatomy)
The point at which the nonmoving end of a muscle is attached to a bone; it is at the proximal end of the muscle.
(computer science)
Absolute storage address in relative coding to which addresses in a region are referenced.
(mathematics)
The point of a coordinate system at which all coordinate axes meet.
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With a cold but not depraved nor wandering heart, and a mind never feverish with riotous thoughts, nor perplexed with originality, who could have anticipated that our friend would entitle himself to a foremost place among the doers of eccentric deeds?
He had hardly returned from the marquee with the prize in his hand, when it began to be understood that Wiry Ben proposed to amuse the company, before the gentry went to dinner, with an impromptu and gratuitous performance--namely, a hornpipe, the main idea of which was doubtless borrowed; but this was to be developed by the dancer in so peculiar and complex a manner that no one could deny him the praise of originality.
In those moments, happy as a bird with its mate, she would show me what she had of vivacity, of mirth, of originality in her well-dowered nature.
But to distinguish beauty of soul and personal originality there is needed far more independence and freedom than is possessed by our women, especially by our younger ladies.
The Germans, as we know, are a transcendental people, and there was at last an irresistible appeal for Vogelstein in this quick bright silent girl who could smile and turn vocal in an instant, who imparted a rare originality to the filial character, and whose profile was delicate as she bent it over a volume which she cut as she read, or presented it in musing attitudes, at the side of the ship, to the horizon they had left behind.
Its suggestion of originality had been all but submerged by carpenters spoiled through constant work on commonplace buildings.
Man, or at least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality.
A few minutes ago she had been all high spirits, talking as a woman of culture, and half persuading herself that she was full of originality.
The arrangement of the whole house was a marvel of originality.
The following conversation, which took place between the two friends in the pump-room one morning, after an acquaintance of eight or nine days, is given as a specimen of their very warm attachment, and of the delicacy, discretion, originality of thought, and literary taste which marked the reasonableness of that attachment.
It was well advertised, but it hardly needed it: the bold originality, the extraordinary character, the seductive nature, and the vastness of the enterprise provoked comment everywhere and advertised it in every household in the land.
It is right and beautiful in any man to say, 'I will take this coat, or this book, or this measure of corn of yours,'--in whom we see the act to be original, and to flow from the whole spirit and faith of him; for then that taking will have a giving as free and divine; but we are very easily disposed to resist the same generosity of speech when we miss originality and truth to character in it.