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▪ Cautious by nature, they have missed money-spinning opportunities in new businesses like portfolio insurance and financial derivatives.
▪ These were the first exchange traded financial derivatives.
▪ Weak earnings, especially in the derivatives business, and rising costs led Standard&038;.
▪ This computerised derivatives market guarantees a high level of market transparency and a rapid handling of clients' transactions.
▪ Later this month, the General Accounting Office will circulate a draft of its new report on the derivatives market.
▪ The upcoming Voxan clearly uses a derivative of the firm's 72, double overhead cam V-twin.
▪ In the derivative market, insurance companies have scaled back their purchases of Remic securities.
▪ A debate is raging now in finance circles and Congress over whether the value of derivatives should be recorded in corporate books.
▪ Bear Stearns' units are the third such derivatives subsidiary.
▪ For simplicity, we have also omitted the transfer function and its first derivative in order to amplify the weight change process.
▪ Perhaps it could be large if the second derivative of f is small, and viceversa.
▪ The appendix by Bouveault considered carboxyl groups and its derivatives and substituents.
▪ The BAe 1000, a derivative of the highly successful BAe 125-800, will be produced at its Chester factory.
▪ The rise of credit derivatives makes it difficult to determine which banks are exposed to a particular risk.
▪ The upcoming Voxan clearly uses a derivative of the firm's 72, double overhead cam V-twin.
▪ a derivative artistic style
▪ This relatively new style of music is derivative of ragtime and blues.
▪ This season's TV shows are all pretty dull and derivative.
▪ But most of the content of Margery's thinking was derivative.
▪ In this interpretation rights to the reproduction of derivative works of art rest with the printer.
▪ No effort has been stinted in polishing this painfully derivative picture as if it were a diamond instead of strictly paste.
▪ Sometimes the derivative models achieved success through a particular artist holding on to their subaltern guitar long after they'd made it.
▪ Surrealism and science fiction are derivative from the unrealities, consoling or menacing, of fairyland.
▪ This is less of a problem here, since rap is derivative by nature.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Derivative \De*riv"a*tive\, a. [L. derivativus: cf. F. d['e]rivatif.] Obtained by derivation; derived; not radical, original, or fundamental; originating, deduced, or formed from something else; secondary; as, a derivative conveyance; a derivative word.

2. Hence, unoriginal (said of art or other intellectual products.

Derivative circulation, a modification of the circulation found in some parts of the body, in which the arteries empty directly into the veins without the interposition of capillaries.
--Flint. -- De*riv"a*tive*ly, adv. -- De*riv"a*tive*ness, n.


Derivative \De*riv"a*tive\, n.

  1. That which is derived; anything obtained or deduced from another.

  2. (Gram.) A word formed from another word, by a prefix or suffix, an internal modification, or some other change; a word which takes its origin from a root.

  3. (Mus.) A chord, not fundamental, but obtained from another by inversion; or, vice versa, a ground tone or root implied in its harmonics in an actual chord.

  4. (Med.) An agent which is adapted to produce a derivation (in the medical sense).

  5. (Math.) A derived function; a function obtained from a given function by a certain algebraic process.

    Note: Except in the mode of derivation the derivative is the same as the differential coefficient. See Differential coefficient, under Differential.

  6. (Chem.) A substance so related to another substance by modification or partial substitution as to be regarded as derived from it; thus, the amido compounds are derivatives of ammonia, and the hydrocarbons are derivatives of methane, benzene, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. 1 Obtained by derivation; not radical, original, or fundamental. 2 imitative of the work of someone else. 3 (context legal copyright English) Referring to a work, such as a translation or adaptation, based on another work that may be subject to copyright restrictions. 4 (context finance English) Having a value that depends on an underlying asset of variable value. 5 Lacking originality. n. 1 Something derive. 2 (context linguistics English) A word that derives from another one. 3 (context finance English) A financial instrument whose value depends on the valuation of an underlying asset; such as a warrant, an option etc. 4 (context chemistry English) A chemical derived from another. 5 (context calculus English) The derived function of a function. 6 (context calculus English) The value of this function for a given value of its independent variable.

  1. n. the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx [syn: derived function, differential coefficient, differential, first derivative]

  2. a financial instrument whose value is based on another security [syn: derivative instrument]

  3. (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word; "`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'"


adj. resulting from or employing derivation; "a derivative process"; "a highly derivative prose style"

Derivative (film)

Derivative is a 2005 Turkish drama film, written, produced and directed by Ulaş İnaç based on a short story by Miguel de Cervantes, about the complicated relationships between three people who confess their thoughts each evening to the camera for a movie project. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on , won the Golden Orange for Best Film at the 42nd Antalya "Golden Orange" International Film Festival.


The derivative of a function of a real variable measures the sensitivity to change of a quantity (a function value or dependent variable) which is determined by another quantity (the independent variable). Derivatives are a fundamental tool of calculus. For example, the derivative of the position of a moving object with respect to time is the object's velocity: this measures how quickly the position of the object changes when time is advanced.

The derivative of a function of a single variable at a chosen input value, when it exists, is the slope of the tangent line to the graph of the function at that point. The tangent line is the best linear approximation of the function near that input value. For this reason, the derivative is often described as the "instantaneous rate of change", the ratio of the instantaneous change in the dependent variable to that of the independent variable.

Derivatives may be generalized to functions of several real variables. In this generalization, the derivative is reinterpreted as a linear transformation whose graph is (after an appropriate translation) the best linear approximation to the graph of the original function. The Jacobian matrix is the matrix that represents this linear transformation with respect to the basis given by the choice of independent and dependent variables. It can be calculated in terms of the partial derivatives with respect to the independent variables. For a real-valued function of several variables, the Jacobian matrix reduces to the gradient vector.

The process of finding a derivative is called differentiation. The reverse process is called antidifferentiation. The fundamental theorem of calculus states that antidifferentiation is the same as integration. Differentiation and integration constitute the two fundamental operations in single-variable calculus.

Derivative (finance)

In finance, a derivative is a contract that derives its value from the performance of an underlying entity. This underlying entity can be an asset, index, or interest rate, and is often simply called the " underlying". Derivatives can be used for a number of purposes, including insuring against price movements (hedging), increasing exposure to price movements for speculation or getting access to otherwise hard-to-trade assets or markets. Some of the more common derivatives include forwards, futures, options, swaps, and variations of these such as synthetic collateralized debt obligations and credit default swaps. Most derivatives are traded over-the-counter (off-exchange) or on an exchange such as the Bombay Stock Exchange, while most insurance contracts have developed into a separate industry. Derivatives are one of the three main categories of financial instruments, the other two being stocks (i.e., equities or shares) and debt (i.e., bonds and mortgages).

The oldest example of a derivative in history is thought to be the ancient Greek philosopher Thales attested to by Aristotle, who achieved profit on olives.

Derivative (disambiguation)

Derivative may refer to:

  • Derivative (finance), a contract whose value is derived from that of other quantities
  • Derivative (chemistry), a type of compound which is a product of the process of derivatization
  • Derivative Inc., a spin-off of Side Effects Software, creators of Houdini (software)
  • Derivative suit or derivative action, a type of lawsuit filed by shareholders of a corporation
  • Derivative work, in copyright law, a modification of an original work
  • Aeroderivative gas turbine, a mechanical drive gas turbine derived from an aero engine gas turbine
  • Derivative (linguistics), the process of forming a new word on the basis of an existing word, e.g. happiness and unhappy from happy
  • Derivative (film)
Derivative (chemistry)

In chemistry, a derivative is a compound that is derived from a similar compound by a chemical reaction.

In the past, derivative also meant a compound that can be imagined to arise from another compound, if one atom or group of atoms is replaced with another atom or group of atoms, but modern chemical language now uses the term structural analog for this meaning, thus eliminating ambiguity. The term "structural analogue" is common in organic chemistry.

In biochemistry, the word is used for compounds that at least theoretically can be formed from the precursor compound.

Chemical derivatives may be used to facilitate analysis. For example, melting point (MP) analysis can assist in identification of many organic compounds. A crystalline derivative may be prepared, such as a semicarbazone or 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazone (derived from aldehydes or ketones), as a simple way of verifying the identity of the original compound, assuming that a table of derivative MP values is available. Prior to the advent of spectroscopic analysis, such methods were widely used.

Usage examples of "derivative".

I can run the whole sequence in one pot with about ninety-nine percent yield of the final amantadine derivative.

So perhaps he had an edited cerebral chemistry, or an adaptive aural processing mutation in his derivative Kido lineage.

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Precursors had played a stupendous prank on themthe biota of Desideratum were derivatives or forerunners of those on Agora.

Rubbed together with cerate, or lard, powdered Savin is used for maintaining the sores of blisters, and of issues, open when it is desired to keep up their derivative action.

It is by virtue of this sovereignty alone that the Government, its authorized agent, commands the obedience of the individual citizen, to the extent of its derivative, dependent, and delegated authority.

A technician, in feeding the augmented wheat rust this morning, discovered unwittingly that the ergot has, as predicted, now developed the capacity to generate effective lysergic acid derivatives.

And the gyrfalcon derivative he was carrying was a very sophisticated job of bioengineering.

The aide suggests that they give Anna a Valium derivative, Lorazepam, to calm her down and leaves.

Several years ago, as an experiment, I tried a phenothiazine derivative.

The sestet which followed, to complete the sonnet, was less derivative and therefore less successful, Dame Beatrice thought.

He was closely familiar with the type, a derivative of the British LR5 rescue sub with hydraulic thrusters tiltable through 180 degrees that gave it the agility of a helicopter.

This infinity cannot appear in derivative substances because these descend from that sun by degrees of two kinds in accord with which perfections decline.

In the tank where the benzene solution of peptide derivatives sprayed in tiny bubbles into a water phase, the mixture acted wrong.