- (transitive) To obtain or receive (something) from something else.
- 2013 July-August, Sarah Glaz, “Ode to Prime Numbers”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
- Some poems, echoing the purpose of early poetic treatises on scientific principles, attempt to elucidate the mathematical concepts that underlie prime numbers. Others play with primes’ cultural associations. Still others derive their structure from mathematical patterns involving primes.
- (transitive, logic) To deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning.
- (transitive, linguistics) To find the derivation of (a word or phrase).
- (transitive, chemistry) To create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction.
- (intransitive) To originate or stem (from).
- her excellent organisation skills derive from her time as a secretary in the army
- To turn the course of (water, etc.); to divert and distribute into subordinate channels.
- 1601, G[aius] Plinius Secundus [i.e., Pliny the Elder], “(please specify |book=I to XXXVII)”, in Philemon Holland, transl., The Historie of the VVorld. Commonly Called, The Natvrall Historie of C. Plinivs Secvndus. […], (please specify |tome=1 or 2), London: […] Adam Islip, published 1635, OCLC 1180792622:Book 33
- For fear it [water] choke up the pits […] they [the workman] deriue it by other drains.
obtain (something) from something else
deduce (a conclusion) by reasoning
find the derivation of (a word or phrase)
create (a compound) from another by means of a reaction
- derive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- derive in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
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