• WordNet 3.6
    • v derive develop or evolve from a latent or potential state
    • v derive come from "The present name derives from an older form"
    • v derive reason by deduction; establish by deduction
    • v derive obtain "derive pleasure from one's garden"
    • v derive come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example "She was descended from an old Italian noble family","he comes from humble origins"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chameleon is derived from the Greek, meaning "little lion."
    • v. i Derive To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced. "Power from heaven Derives , and monarchs rule by gods appointed."
    • Derive (Chem) To obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution; as, to derive an organic acid from its corresponding hydrocarbon.
    • Derive To receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; -- followed by from.
    • Derive To trace the origin, descent, or derivation of; to recognize transmission of; as, he derives this word from the Anglo-Saxon. "From these two causes . . . an ancient set of physicians derived all diseases."
    • Derive To turn the course of, as water; to divert and distribute into subordinate channels; to diffuse; to communicate; to transmit; -- followed by to into on upon. "For fear it [water] choke up the pits . . . they [the workman derive it by other drains.""Her due loves derived to that vile witch's share.""Derived to us by tradition from Adam to Noah."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word Popcorn is derived from the middle English word "poppe," which means "explosive sound"
    • derive To turn aside or divert, as water or other fluid, from its natural course or channel: as, to derive water from the main channel or current into lateral rivulets.
    • derive Figuratively, to turn aside; divert.
    • derive To draw or receive, as from a source or origin, or by regular transmission: as, to derive ideas from the senses; to derive instruction from a book; his estate is derived from his ancestors.
    • derive Specifically To draw or receive (a word) from a more original root or stem: as, the word ‘rule’ is derived from the Latin; ‘feed’ is derived from ‘food.’ See derivation
    • derive To deduce, as from premises; trace, as from a source or origin: involving a personal subject.
    • derive To communicate or transfer from one to another, as by descent.
    • derive To come, proceed, or be derived.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law whichstated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than yourthumb.
    • v.t Derive de-rīv′ to draw from, as water from a river; to take or receive from a source or origin: to infer:
    • n Derive a derivative
    • n Derive that which is derived: a word formed from another word
    • v.t Derive de-rīv′ (ety.) to trace a word to its root
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.”
  • 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.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.”
  • Aesop
    “The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.”
  • James Weldon Johnson
    James Weldon Johnson
    “It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives it most distinctive characteristics.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun, the hand that warned Belshazzar derived its horrifying effect from the want of a body.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dériver, L. derivare,; de-, + rivus, stream, brook. See Rival
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. deriver—L. derivārede, down from, rivus, a river.


In literature:

I am far indeed from wishing to decry art, the study of art, or the benefits to be derived from its intelligent enjoyment.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
The Fulness of Christianity is derived from the Life of Jesus Sec.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
From whence did they derive their reliable information?
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
But suppose him to produce it, Suppose it to derive immediately from him.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
Yet Audley's was that worldly wisdom which derives all its strength from the weaknesses of mankind.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
JOMER, a sweetheart or female favourite, has probably some connection in derivation with choomer, a kiss, in Gipsy.
"The English Gipsies and Their Language" by Charles G. Leland
It has all, or nearly all, the odor of the resin from which it is derived.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
If the eternal Gods have made him brave, 365 Derives he thence a privilege to rail?
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
For this reason most of our knowledge of the living body as a machine must be derived from the study of man.
"The Story of the Living Machine" by H. W. Conn
The language through which all higher truths are to be gained, it wholly derives from those surrounding it.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer

In poetry:

From out the web of former lives,
The ancient, never-broken chain
Of love and sorrow, loss and gain,
One certain truth my heart derives—
"The Butterfly" by Clark Ashton Smith
O Rank! from nobler sires derived,
O Wealth! purse-rich, but nothing more,
Grow worthier of your state and store,
Or of their homage go deprived.
"True Nobility" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
For whom but Thee, to whom but Thee,
Shall praise be poured, shall prayers ascend?
From Thee derived, on Thee depend.
"God alone the fit Object of Praise and Prayer" by John Bowring
How blest are they who still abide
Close sheltered in thy bleeding side,
Who life and strength from thence derive,
And by thee move, and in thee live.
"Hymn XXVI: I Thirst, Thou Wounded Lamb of God" by Charles Wesley
"O my earth, are the springs in thee dry?
O sweet, is thy body a tomb?
Nay, springs out of springs derive,
And summers from summers alive,
And the living from them that die;
No tomb is here, but a womb.
"Mentana : First Anniversary" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Black Beard derived his name from his long black beard,
Which terrified America more than any comet that had ever appeared;
But, thanks be to God, in this age we need not be afeared,
Of any such pirates as the inhuman Black Beard.
"Captain Teach alias Black Beard" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Bate is a resident of Weehawken's small downtown neighborhood known as The Shades, a nickname derived from the close-knit neighborhood's location beneath the cliffs of the Palisades hills.
An integrated system combining advanced analytics and data storage in a cloud infrastructure is now available for geospatial intelligence analysts, who often are under pressure to derive value from vast amounts of data.
CAROL'S TIP: Paphiopedilum Black Arrow is a slipper orchid derived from crosses of tropical species.
Oh, sure, they made high-powered cars, big cars, 5- and 6-series derivatives, executive transports with stratospheric prices.
After you derive a contradiction in a logical proof, you're allowed to derive anything.
'The Rise of the Guardians' is a lively but derivative 3-D storybook spree.
The latest results included a $97.1 million unrealized loss on derivatives on an after-tax basis, while the year-ago period included a $332.5 million unrealized gain from derivatives .
Ayurvedic Plant Derivative for Natural Anti-acne Benefits.
Derivative 'Partners' breaks ground by being ordinary.
Derivative Transactions May Be Helpful to CUs.
Skadden Knocks Out Derivative Suit Against Baxter International.
Moody's Settles Derivative Suit, Agreeing to Governance Practices.
Easterbrook Strikes Again, Slamming Flimsy Derivative Suit.
It's not clear whether all derivative contracts will be easily transparent and will be subject to some capital charge.
Noise hurts The word "noise" is derived from the Latin word nausea, and as its derivation suggests, noise can cause a number of health problems.

In science:

We introduce a new class of simple Lie algebras W (n, m) (see Definition 1) that generalize the Witt algebra by using ”exponential” functions, and also a subalgebra W ∗ (n, m) thereof; and we show each derivation of W ∗ (1, 0) can be written as a sum of an inner derivation and a scalar derivation (Theorem. 2) .
Simple Lie algebras which generalize Witt algebras
Proposition 3 The Lie algebra of derivations of Cq [x, y , x−1 , y−1 ] is generated by the inner derivations and the derivations Dα,β (xi y j ) = (αi + β j )xiy j .
Simple Lie algebras which generalize Witt algebras
Theorem 2 Each derivation of W ∗(1, 0) can be written as a sum of an inner derivation and a scalar derivation.
Simple Lie algebras which generalize Witt algebras
Each derivation of W (n, m) can be written as a sum of an inner derivation and a scalar derivation.
Simple Lie algebras which generalize Witt algebras
Theorem 3 Each derivation of W (g , 1)+ can be written as a sum of an inner derivation and a scalar derivation .
The generalized Witt algebras using additive maps