Beginning Be*gin"ning, n. 1. The act of doing that which begins anything; commencement of an action, state, or space of time; entrance into being or upon a course; the first act, effort, or state of a succession of acts or states. [1913 Webster]

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. --Gen. i. 1. [1913 Webster]

2. That which begins or originates something; the first cause; origin; source. [1913 Webster]

I am . . . the beginning and the ending. --Rev. i. 8. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is begun; a rudiment or element. [1913 Webster]

Mighty things from small beginnings grow. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Enterprise. ``To hinder our beginnings.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Inception; prelude; opening; threshold; origin; outset; foundation. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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