Pronunciation of derivation: D EH0 R AH0 V EY1 SH AH0 N (,dɛrə'veɪʃən)
Number of syllables of derivation: 4
Definition of derivation
- (n): drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation
- (n): drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
- (n): inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
- (n): a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions
- (n): (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
- (n): the source from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues); "he prefers shoes of Italian derivation"
- (n): (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation: `singer'' from `sing''; `undo'' from `do''
Examples of derivation
- Anyone know about the derivation of the word tuberculosis
- The mathematical derivation is in the article.
- The derivation of the word is uncertain.
- The derivation sounds improbable in the extreme.
- The article claims the the derivation is from the Greek word for bishop.
- This motivated the derivation of the following models.
- The derivation of the name is unclear.
- The sources are quite unequivocal about the derivation.
- Germans misconceive the derivation of the phrase.
- Even the derivation of the word is rubbish.