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Pronunciation:  `deru'veyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation
  2. [n]  drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
  3. [n]  inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
  4. [n]  a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions
  5. [n]  (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
  6. [n]  the source from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues); "he prefers shoes of Italian derivation"
  7. [n]  (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation: `singer' from `sing'; `undo' from `do'

DERIVATION is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: ancestry, deriving, etymologizing, filiation, lineage
 See Also: account, beginning, bloodline, breed, descent, drawing, drawing off, explanation, extraction, hereditary pattern, illation, inference, inheritance, linguistic process, origin, origin, pedigree, root, rootage, source, strain



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Der`i*va"tion\, n. [L. derivatio: cf. F.
    d['e]rivation. See {Derive}.]
    1. A leading or drawing off of water from a stream or source.
       [Obs.] --T. Burnet.
    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
             As touching traditional communication, . . . I do
             not doubt but many of those truths have had the help
             of that derivation.                   --Sir M. Hale.
    3. The act of tracing origin or descent, as in grammar or
       genealogy; as, the derivation of a word from an Aryan
    4. The state or method of being derived; the relation of
       origin when established or asserted.
    5. That from which a thing is derived.
    6. That which is derived; a derivative; a deduction.
             From the Euphrates into an artificial derivation of
             that river.                           --Gibbon.
    7. (Math.) The operation of deducing one function from
       another according to some fixed law, called the law of
       derivation, as the of differentiation or of integration.
    8. (Med.) A drawing of humors or fluids from one part of the
       body to another, to relieve or lessen a morbid process.
  2. \Der`iva"tion\, n.
    The formation of a word from its more original or radical
    elements; also, a statement of the origin and history of a
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