Definition of Original

1. Noun. An original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made.

Exact synonyms: Master, Master Copy
Generic synonyms: Creation



2. Adjective. Preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed. "Retracted his original statement"
Similar to: First

3. Noun. Something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies. "This painting is a copy of the original"
Exact synonyms: Archetype, Pilot
Generic synonyms: Example, Model
Derivative terms: Archetypal, Archetypical

4. Adjective. (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary. "His work is based on only original, not secondary, sources"
Similar to: Primary

5. Adjective. Being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of. "An original mind"

6. Adjective. Not derived or copied or translated from something else. "The translation misses much of the subtlety of the original French"
Similar to: Underived

Definition of Original

1. a. Pertaining to the origin or beginning; preceding all others; first in order; primitive; primary; pristine; as, the original state of man; the original laws of a country; the original inventor of a process.

2. n. Origin; commencement; source.

Definition of Original

1. Adjective. (not comparable) First in a series or copies/versions ¹

2. Adjective. (not comparable) Newly created ¹

3. Adjective. (comparable) Fresh, different ¹

4. Adjective. (not comparable) Pioneering ¹

5. Adjective. (not comparable) Having as its origin ¹

6. Noun. An object or other creation (e.g. narrative work) from which all later copies and variations are derived ¹

7. Noun. A person with a unique and interesting personality and/or creative talent ¹

8. Noun. (archaic) An eccentric ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Original

1. the first form of something [n -S]

Medical Definition of Original

1. 1. Pertaining to the origin or beginning; preceding all others; first in order; primitive; primary; pristine; as, the original state of man; the original laws of a country; the original inventor of a process. "His form had yet not lost All her original brightness." (Milton) 2. Not copied, imitated, or translated; new; fresh; genuine; as, an original thought; an original process; the original text of Scripture. 3. Having the power to suggest new thoughts or combinations of thought; inventive; as, an original genius. 4. Before unused or unknown; new; as, a book full of original matter. Original sin, the first sin of Adam, as related to its consequences to his descendants of the human race; called also total depravity. See Calvinism. Origin: F. Original, L. Originalis. 1. Origin; commencement; source. "It hath it original from much grief." (Shak) "And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim." (Addison) 2. That which precedes all others of its class; archetype; first copy; hence, an original work of art, manuscript, text, and the like, as distinguished from a copy, translation, etc. "The Scriptures may be now read in their own original." (Milton) 3. An original thinker or writer; an originator. "Men who are bad at copying, yet are good originals." (C. G. Leland) 4. A person of marked eccentricity. 5. The natural or wild species from which a domesticated or cultivated variety has been derived; as, the wolf is thought by some to be the original of the dog, the blackthorn the original of the plum. Origin: Cf. F. Original. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Original

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Literary usage of Original

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1902)
"Fox, CHARLES JAMES 499 from an Engraving published by A. Fullarton Си. •> FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN, 79 From original Painting by Alanzo ..."

2. A Practical Treatise on the Diseases and Injuries of the Urinary Bladder by Samuel David Gross (1851)
"original, . . . 626 03. Effects of stricture upon urinary organs. original, . ... Piece of knotted leather removed through urethra. original, . . 678 105. ..."

3. Educational Psychology by Edward Lee Thorndike (1913)
"The original Nature of Man CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION The arts and sciences serve human welfare by helping man to change the world, including man himself, ..."

4. A survey of London by John Stow (1842)
"THE SURVEY OF LONDON; CONTAINING THE original, ANTIQUITY, INCREASE, MODERN ESTATE, AND DESCRIPTION OF THAT CITY. As the Roman writers *, to glorify the ..."

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