Origin of derivative
Examples from the Web for derivatives
“Junk,” we learn, refers to opium and its derivatives: morphine, heroin, pantopon, Dilaudid, codeine.American Dreams, 1953: ‘Junky’ by William S. Burroughs|Nathaniel Rich|June 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The opaque and complex market of derivatives was the single most important destabilizer leading up to 2008.
At every turn, he insisted on truly crazy ideas—like transparency about the derivatives traded, or trading on public exchanges.
That then forms the basis of multiple lending contracts, from derivatives to mortgage rates.Don’t Just Blame Banks for Barclays Interest-Rates Mess|Zachary Karabell|July 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It reaffirms that derivatives are inherently risky, and even the best-run banks—and JPMorgan is one of them—cannot avoid the risk.Barney Frank on JPMorgan’s Contradictions, Mitt Romney’s Mistakes|Eleanor Clift|May 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The derivatives of this word are translated with this meaning wherever they occur.Bible Studies|Joseph M. Wheeler
Selenocarbamide and a number of its derivatives have been prepared and studied.
Ordinary fats consist principally of derivatives of palmitic and stearic acids.An Elementary Study of Chemistry|William McPherson
Derivatives of the stem bear the additional ideas of staining and impurity.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. I|George Adam Smith
No longer continuity, or perhaps continuity, but no derivatives, etc.
British Dictionary definitions for derivatives
- Also called: differential coefficient, first derivative the change of a function, f(x), with respect to an infinitesimally small change in the independent variable, x; the limit of [f(a + Δ x)–f(a)] / Δ x, at x = a, as the increment, Δ x, tends to 0. Symbols: df(x)/d x, f′(x), Df(x)the derivative of x n is nx n–1
- the rate of change of one quantity with respect to anothervelocity is the derivative of distance with respect to time
Word Origin and History for derivatives
early 15c. (adj.); mid-15c. (n.), from Middle French dérivatif (15c.), from Late Latin derivat-, past participle stem of Latin derivare (see derive). Mathematical sense is from 1670s.