(?), n. [L. derivatio: cf. F. drivation. See Derive.] 1. A leading or drawing off of water from a stream or source. [Obs.] T. Burnet.
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2. The act of receiving anything from a source; the act of procuring an effect from a cause, means, or condition, as profits from capital, conclusions or opinions from evidence.
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As touching traditional communication, . . . I do not doubt but many of those truths have had the help of that derivation.
Sir M. Hale.
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3. The act of tracing origin or descent, as in grammar or genealogy; as, the derivation of a word from an Aryan root.
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4. The state or method of being derived; the relation of origin when established or asserted.
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5. That from which a thing is derived.
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6. That which is derived; a derivative; a deduction.
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From the Euphrates into an artificial derivation of that river.
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7. (Math.) The operation of deducing one function from another according to some fixed law, called the law of derivation, as the operation of differentiation or of integration.
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8. (Med.) A drawing of humors or fluids from one part of the body to another, to relieve or lessen a morbid process.
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9. The formation of a word from its more original or radical elements; also, a statement of the origin and history of a word.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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