• WordNet 3.6
    • adj derivative resulting from or employing derivation "a derivative process","a highly derivative prose style"
    • n derivative the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
    • n derivative (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word "`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'"
    • n derivative a financial instrument whose value is based on another security
    • n derivative a compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leather skin does not have any smell. The leather smell that you sense is actually derived from the materials used in the tanning process
    • Derivative Hence, unoriginal (said of art or other intellectual products.
    • Derivative (Mus) A chord, not fundamental, but obtained from another by inversion; or, vice versa, a ground tone or root implied in its harmonics in an actual chord.
    • Derivative (Math) A derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process.
    • Derivative (Chem) A substance so related to another substance by modification or partial substitution as to be regarded as derived from it; thus, the amido compounds are derivatives of ammonia, and the hydrocarbons are derivatives of methane, benzene, etc.
    • Derivative (Gram) A word formed from another word, by a prefix or suffix, an internal modification, or some other change; a word which takes its origin from a root.
    • Derivative (Med) An agent which is adapted to produce a derivation (in the medical sense).
    • a Derivative Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.
    • Derivative That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "umbrella" is derived from the Latin root word "umbra", which means shade or shadow
    • derivative Derived; taken or having proceeded from another or something preceding; secondary: as, a derivative word; a derivative conveyance.
    • derivative In biology, relating to derivation, or to the doctrine of derivation: as, the derivative theory.
    • derivative In medicine, having a tendency to lessen inflammation or reduce a morbid process.
    • n derivative In medicine, a therapeutic method or agent employed to lessen a morbid process in one part by producing a flow of blood or lymph to another part, as cupping, leeching, blisters, catharsis, etc.
    • n derivative That which is derived; that which is deduced or comes by derivation from another.
    • n derivative Specifically A word derived or formed either immediately from another, or remotely from a primitive or root: thus, ‘verb,’ ‘verbal,’ ‘verbose’ are derivatives of the Latin verbum; ‘duke,’ ‘duct,’ ‘adduce,’ ‘conduce,’ ‘conduct,’ ‘conduit,’ etc., are derivatives of the Latin ducere; ‘feeder’ is a derivative of ‘feed,’ and ‘feed’ a derivative of ‘food.’ See derivation, 3.
    • n derivative In music: The root or generator from which a chord is derived.
    • n derivative Same as derivative chord (which see, above).
    • n derivative In mathematics: A derivative function; a differential coefficient.
    • n derivative The slope of a scalar function; a vector function whose direction is that of most rapid increase of a scalar function (of which it is said to be the derivative), and whose magnitude is equal to the increase in this direction of the scalar function per unit of distance
    • n derivative More generally, any function derived from another.
    • derivative In geology, derived from some other source; not native to the rock in which it is now found.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word vaccine comes from the Latin word "vacca," which means cow. This name was chosen beacause the first vaccination was derived from cowpox which was given to a boy
    • adj Derivative derived or taken from something else: not radical or original
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  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.”
  • Confucius
    “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.”
  • Holly Ketchel
    Holly Ketchel
    “My happiness derives from knowing the people I love are happy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. derivativus,: cf. F. dérivatif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. deriver—L. derivārede, down from, rivus, a river.


In literature:

All governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
Some of them are extremely remote and derivative.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
In what way did the North derive advantages from slavery?
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
The glory that he would derive from their unhappiness can be nothing but a false glory.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
The Ghateen derive their subsistence almost entirely from the caravans, although their little oasis is not unfertile.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
They are said to derive valuable hints from you, particularly in their management of the pathetic.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
This is an important paper, and contains notices of several new stocks, derived from a study of the material furnished by Powers.
"Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico" by John Wesley Powell
All their ideas are derived from things as presented to their observations.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
After the remarks to which I had been an unwilling listener, I derived very little pleasure from the party.
"The Path of Duty, and Other Stories" by H. S. Caswell
And where does Congress derive the power to pass laws to punish offenders against the laws of a State?
"An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony" by Anonymous

In poetry:

You that dispose of all our Lives,
Praise him from whom your Pow'r derives:
Be True and Just, like him, and fear his Word,
As much as Malefactors do your Sword.
"A Paraphrase On The CXLVIIIth Psalm" by Wentworth Dillon
O you that were my Beauty and my Own,
Although from you derive all my mischance,
Are not you still my Home, then, you alone,
As young and mad and beautiful as France?
"Birds In The Night" by Paul Verlaine
For like the vapour in the brain,
Derived from sickness, or from pain;
The spirits they did flow amain,
Into his head;
Then homewards he returned again,
With all his speed.
"On The Death Of John Simpson, Castlemilk" by Susannah Hawkins
Hail! venerable, British oak,
Beneath whose shade the Druids spoke:
Deriv'd from thy oraculous tree,
Sprung misseltoe, and prophesy;
And mystic sounds inspir'd by Jove,
Once murmur'd thro' Dodona's grove.
"The Description of a Cottage" by Samuel Bowden
Then ask ye, from what cause on earth
Virtues like these derive their birth?
Derived from Heaven alone,
Full on that favour’d breast they shine,
Where faith and resignation join
To call the blessing down.
"An Ode, On Reading Mr. Richardson's History Of Sir Charles Grandison" by William Cowper
She is like the fair woodbine that wreathes round the oak,
That derives its support from the tree's noble stem ;
And, tho' it be scathed by the lightning's dread stroke,
Still weaves of its flowrets a rich diadem.
"On Reading An Assertion" by Mary Anne Browne

In news:

In other words, the cached credentials can't be used to derive either the password hash or the original password.
There was the time I purchased Red Rim, derived from the poet's daffodils that see out the season in their bone-white petals and red eyes.
This Cuban drink derives it's name from a town on the island's southeastern coast.
Kat Dennings does her career no favors in derivative drama.
In this instance, it is clear that there is a benefit derived by the corporation from this arrangement.
Ted Frank Upends Sears Derivative Suit in Plaintiffs Lawyer-Bashing Seventh Circuit Ruling.
A Monday report by Reuters said that New York City's pension funds have filed a derivative lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc based on reported allegations of bribery in Mexico and a possible cover-up by Wal-Mart officials.
This is why JPMorgan Chase's admission Thursday that it had suffered a $2.3 billion loss and an $800 million gouge in its earnings from unmonitored derivatives trading is so distressing.
Fiat to build a 'baby' Jeep, Fiat derivative in Italy.
Sure, but Also Derivative .
DEA Now Monitoring Krokodil, a Deadly Morphine Derivative .
The business office must develop an understanding and inventory of derivatives , and implement the standard this fiscal year.
Hear how the GASB standard applies to management intent, characteristics, and performance of derivatives .
It is derivative 's tendency to act quickly that introduces most of the problems.
Jazz musician and entertainer Louis Armstrong's nickname Satchmo derives from the phrase "satchel mouth," used to describe the New Orleans trumpeter's wide grin and impressive embouchure.

In science:

More precisely, the bounded derived category Db (mod-B ) of finitely generated B -modules, as wel l as the unbounded derived category D(Mod-B ) of al l B -modules, are simple in the sense that they do not admit nontrivial recol lements by derived categories of the same type.
Blocks of group algebras are derived simple
We focus on (bounded or unbounded) derived categories of finite-dimensional algebras. A derived category is said to be simple if it is nonzero and it is not the middle term of a nontrivial recollement of derived categories.
Blocks of group algebras are derived simple
These symmetries allow the effective theory to be written in terms of Fmn only, and as the result, the Lagrangian can be ordered in powers of derivatives of the photon field. A derivative translates int o the momentum, or energy, and hence the derivative expansion translates into the expansion in energy.
Baryon chiral perturbation theory: an update
The most attractive feature of higher derivative theories possessing the Galilean invariance ∂µφ → ∂µφ + bµ is that field equations derived from such a theory contain derivatives only up to second order,10) so that it can easily avoid ghosts.
Generalized G-inflation: Inflation with the most general second-order field equations
In this cases we proved that generalized δ -derivation is a generalized derivation or δ -derivation.
Generalized \delta-Derivations