Derive

Definition of Derive

De`rive´
v. t.1.To turn the course of, as water; to divert and distribute into subordinate channels; to diffuse; to communicate; to transmit; - followed by to, into, on, upon.
[imp. & p. p. Derived ; p. pr. & vb. n. Deriving.]
For fear it [water] choke up the pits . . . they [the workman] derive it by other drains.
- Holland.
Her due loves derived to that vile witch's share.
- Spenser.
Derived to us by tradition from Adam to Noah.
- Jer. Taylor.
2.To receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; - followed by from.
3.To trace the origin, descent, or derivation of; to recognize transmission of; as, he derives this word from the Anglo-Saxon.
From these two causes . . . an ancient set of physicians derived all diseases.
- Arbuthnot.
4.(Chem.) To obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution; as, to derive an organic acid from its corresponding hydrocarbon.
v. i.1.To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced.

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