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The Definition of - derivation (noun)

    noun
    1.
    the act or fact of deriving or of being derived.
    2.
    the process of deriving.
    3.
    the source from which something is derived; origin.
    4.
    something that is or has been derived; derivative.
    5.
    Mathematics.
    1. development of a theorem.
    2. differentiation (def 2).
    6.
    Grammar.
    1. the process or device of adding affixes to or changing the shape of a base, thereby assigning the result to a form class that may undergo further inflection or participate in different syntactic constructions, as in forming service from serve, song from sing, and hardness from hard (contrasted with inflection).
    2. the systematic description of such processes in a given language.
    7.
    Linguistics.
    1. a set of forms, including the initial form, intermediate forms, and final form, showing the successive stages in the generation of a sentence as the rules of a generative grammar are applied to it.
    2. the process by which such a set of forms is derived.

Word Example of - derivation

    Example Sentences for derivation

    This word critic is of Greek derivation, and signifies judgment.

    Nor is any thing known in respect to the derivation or meaning of the name.

    For derivation of this name, see Brackenridge's Journal, in our volume vi, note 14.

    A native of Martinique gave me this as the derivation of the word.

    I have no idea now why this was done, or the derivation of the inclusive curse.

    It makes a feature of the derivation or etymology of the words.

    It is probably in most cases derived from the endoderm, but the exact mode of its derivation is still somewhat obscure.

    We must probably go to the Celtic for the derivation of Gyllyngvase.

    The principles of Derivation, and of Orthographic Analysis, are brought within the comprehension of the youngest learner.

    To broil on the bars of the galley-range, as implied by its French derivation.

Word Origin & History of - derivation

    Word Origin & History

    derivation 1520s (grammatical sense is oldest), from Fr. dérivation (14c.), from L. derivationem, noun of action from derivare (see derive). General meaning "origination, descent" is from c.1600.