Noun: derivation ,de-ru'vey-shun
- The source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)
"he prefers shoes of Italian derivation"; "music of Turkish derivation"
- (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
- deriving, etymologizing
- A line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions
- (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation
"'singer' from 'sing' or 'undo' from 'do' are examples of derivations"
- Inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
- ancestry, lineage, filiation
- Drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
- Drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation
- The act of deriving something or obtaining something from a source or origin
Derived forms: derivations
See also: crossbred, purebred
Type of: account, act, beginning, deed, drawing, drawing off, explanation, hereditary pattern, human action, human activity, illation, inference, inheritance, linguistic process, origin, root, rootage, source