- development of a theorem.
- differentiation(def 2).
- 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).
- the systematic description of such processes in a given language.
- 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.
- the process by which such a set of forms is derived.
Origin of derivation
Related formsder·i·va·tion·al, adjectiveder·i·va·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·der·i·va·tion, noun
Examples from the Web for derivation
The flower lore of American children is nearly all of English derivation; but children invent as well as copy.Old-Time Gardens|Alice Morse Earle
The derivation of the word Sabbath in this connexion is quite unknown.The Witch-cult in Western Europe|Margaret Alice Murray
Moreover, the information available will not always justify the derivation of a specific task.Sound Military Decision|U.s. Naval War College
Another rule for laying the accent of words arises from derivation.Dissertation on the English Language|Noah Webster, Jr.
There is, moreover, ample evidence in favour of the derivation from the isle Cyprus.The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume VI|Aphra Behn
British Dictionary definitions for derivation
- the process of deducing a mathematical theorem, formula, etc, as a necessary consequence of a set of accepted statements
- this sequence of statements
- the operation of finding a derivative