Pronunciation: /ˈɔr ɪ dʒɪn/ ?
x-y graph showing the origin.
Figure 1: x-y graph showing the origin.

An origin is an arbitrary point from which all locations in a metric space are measured.[1] In an x-y graph, the origin is where the x-axis and the y-axis intersect.


  1. origin. http://wordnet.princeton.edu/. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08). http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=origin&sub=Search+WordNet&o2=&o0=1&o7=&o5=&o1=1&o6=&o4=&o3=&h=.

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