Word definition: beginning

Defiintion of beginning:

[n] the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
[n] the first part or section of something; "`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story"
[n] the event consisting of the start of something; "the beginning of the war"
[n] the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"
[n] the time at which something begins; "They got an early start"

Synonyms of beginning:

commencement, commencement, first, kickoff, offset, origin, outset, root, rootage, source, start, start, starting time

Antonyms of beginning:

conclusion, end, end, ending, ending, finish, finish, finishing, middle, middle

See Also:

accession, activation, attack, birth, birthplace, casus belli, change of state, conception, constitution, cradle, Creation, creation, debut, derivation, division, egress, emergence, entry, establishment, face-off, first appearance, first step, formation, foundation, founding, fountainhead, generation, genesis, groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony, growth, happening, head, headspring, headwaters, home, housing start, icebreaker, inauguration, inception, incipience, incipiency, initiation, initiative, innovation, installation, installing, installment, instauration, institution, introduction, issue, jump ball, jumping-off place, jumping-off point, kickoff, launching, natural event, occurrence, opening, opening move, organisation, organization, origin, origination, origination, outgrowth, part, place of origin, point, point, point in time, point source, provenance, recommencement, resumption, rise to power, scrum, scrummage, section, spring, start, starting point, startup, terminus a quo, threshold, tone-beginning, trail head, unveiling, wellhead, wellspring

Webster Dictionary (1913) for 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.

         In the beginning God created the heaven and the
         earth.                                --Gen. i. 1.

2. That which begins or originates something; the first
   cause; origin; source.

         I am . . . the beginning and the ending. --Rev. i.

3. That which is begun; a rudiment or element.

         Mighty things from small beginnings grow. --Dryden.

4. Enterprise. ``To hinder our beginnings.'' --Shak.

Syn: Inception; prelude; opening; threshold; origin; outset;