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 for Origin of coordinate axes
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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     1. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth.
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              This mixed system of opinion and sentiment had its
              origin in the ancient chivalry.       --Burke.
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     2. That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain;
        the spring; the cause; the occasion.
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     3. (Anat.) The point of attachment or end of a muscle which
        is fixed during contraction; -- in contradistinction to
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     Origin of coordinate axes (Math.), the point where the axes
        intersect. See Note under Ordinate.
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     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.
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                  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.
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                  Famous Greece,
                  That source of art and cultivated thought
                  Which they to Rome, and Romans hither, brought.
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