1. the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)

- he prefers shoes of Italian derivation

- music of Turkish derivation

Definition categories: location, beginning, origin, root, rootage, source

2. (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase

Similar word(s): deriving, etymologizing

Definition categories: communication, account, explanation

3. a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions

Definition categories: thought, illation, inference

4. (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation

- `singer' from `sing' or `undo' from `do' are examples of derivations

Definition categories: process

5. inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline

Similar word(s): ancestry, filiation, lineage

Definition categories: attribute, inheritance

6. drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body

Definition categories: act, drawing

7. drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation

Definition categories: act, drawing

8. the act of deriving something or obtaining something from a source or origin

Definition categories: act, deed