derivation derivation  /ˌdɛ rə ˈveɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)
  2. (n) (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
  3. (n) a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions
  4. (n) (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation
  5. (n) inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
  6. (n) drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
  7. (n) drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation
  8. (n) the act of deriving something or obtaining something from a source or origin


  1. Even so, the cost of producing a derivation can reach $1 billion; hence, a planemaker must sell between 400 and 500 aircraft to break even.
  2. Yet for some reason we keep falling back on the Slavic derivation of Caesar, and we always spell it czar, not tsar.
  3. He attached weighty significance to the derivation of the name from Nietzsche, and to Nietzsche's supposed popularity among the Nazis.


  • Keeper gets 256-bit AES, two-factor authentication

    Keeper has released v.7 of its self-named, multi-device platform aimed at storing and sharing private information, such as passwords. In terms of protection, users now have access to 256-bit AES encryption and PBKDF2 password derivation, as well as two-factor authentication. A new auto-fill option has been added, but is still secured using HTTPS authentication....        
    on August 2, 2013     Source: MacNN


  1. "Hip Hop is a derivation of Classic Motown and I felt that it would be very exciting to bring the two together, something that has never been done in the 50 year history of Classic Motown," says Moore.
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Pete Moore Source: PR NewsChannel (press release)

  2. "The president is, in effect, allowing federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research to the extent that it's permitted by law -- that is, work with stem cells themselves, not the derivation of stem cells," Varmus said in a conference...
    on Mar 9, 2009 By: Harold Varmus Source: CNN

  3. "Lindsay showed up and there were some unpleasant words exchanged," Mintz told The ShowBuzz on Monday. "I think that the derivation of that had to do with the fact that a week or so ago, Lindsay was videotaped as using a very, very unkind...
    on Nov 27, 2006 By: Elliot Mintz Source: CBS News

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