- 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.(Obs)"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.]
- To receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; -- followed by from.
- 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.]
- [Chem] To obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution; as, to derive an organic acid from its corresponding hydrocarbon.synonyms: To trace; deduce; infer.
Etymology: F. dériver, L. derivare; de- + rivus stream, brook. See Rival