1 〔起こり〕the origin ((of a thing))
trace the incident to its origin／look into the 「background of the case [cause of the incident]
This plan originated with him.
Failure is but a steppingstone to success.
The less said, the better.
2 〔原因，根源〕the cause
the cause of a quarrel
That great fire was caused by careless handling of a cigarette.
He was fired because he had misappropriated company funds.／His embezzlement of company funds led to his dismissal.
a former colleague
The great star had originally been just a country girl.
Please put the book back where it was when you have finished with it.
This was once wasteland.
Though his life was saved, he never regained his former strength.
4 〔原料〕(raw) material(s)
This medicine is made from the bark of a tree.
an enterprise which requires heavy investment
This business doesn't pay.
The couple got back together again.
Because of the fall in stocks, 「my gains came to nothing [I was right back where I started].
After all I was no better off than before.／In the end I lost all I had gained.
If this is all 「you're going to [you can] pay me, 「I'll get absolutely nothing out of it [it'll be a total loss for me].
1 〔中国の朝廷〕the Yuan [Mongol] (dynasty)
2 〔中国の通貨の単位〕a yuan
3 〔代数方程式の未知数〕the unknown value in an algebraic equation; x
a simple equation