Pronunciation: /ˈɔr.ɪ.dʒɪn/ Explain
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. In an x-y graph, the origin is where the x-axis and the y-axis intersect.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, origin. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 132. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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