1. [ noun ] (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
Synonyms: etymologizing deriving
Related terms: explanation historical_linguistics derive
2. [ noun ] the source from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)

"he prefers shoes of Italian derivation"

Related terms: beginning derive
3. [ noun ] (psychology,logic) a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions
Related terms: inference deduce
4. [ noun ] drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
Related terms: drawing
5. [ noun ] (genetics) inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
Synonyms: lineage filiation ancestry
Related terms: inheritance origin breed pedigree derive crossbred purebred
6. [ noun ] (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation: `singer' from `sing'; `undo' from `do'
Related terms: linguistic_process synchronic_linguistics
7. [ noun ] drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation
Related terms: drawing
Similar spelling:   derivational