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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
derive pleasure from sthformal (= get pleasure from it)
▪ I derive great pleasure from playing chess.
draw/derive comfort from sthformal (= take comfort from sth)
▪ Economists have been quick to draw comfort from the latest figures.
draw/take/derive inspiration from sth (=get inspiration)
▪ She draws inspiration from mythology and folk stories.
▪ Initially, it was hoped that publications directly deriving from theses could be unambiguously identified, but this was not possible.
▪ The first is to have the carbonaceous meteorites derive directly from low-speed near-Earth asteroids that are extinct comet cores.
▪ That the Interludium could derive directly from Dame Sirith is possible.
▪ It was seen to derive directly from the dual functions of the state, the securing of accumulation and legitimation.
▪ One consents to the establishment of a political society and to its authority because of the benefits one will derive from its existence.
▪ Thus D in Figure 6-2a indicates tIle benefits which private individuals derive from education.
▪ The total cuts in housing benefit deriving from such changes have reduced the projected expenditure by £950 million.
▪ One benefit deriving from advancing years is that my clerk diverts to others briefs that are devoid of interest.
▪ From those two virtues derive the tranquillity, comfort, and content of domesticity.
▪ Then she decided to wash her hair, thinking she might derive some comfort from this familiar rite.
▪ Take the Sun, the star from which we ultimately derive nearly all our energy.
▪ All archaebacteria thrive in intense heat, and most derive their energy from breaking chemical bonds.
▪ Even the bacteria that feed on animal and plant wastes derive their energy from the Sun.
▪ I have so far emphasized only the feasibility of deriving energy from novel sources in space.
▪ The primary pleasures of the imagination derive from direct observation of objects before our eyes.
▪ The secondary pleasures of the imagination derive from recollection of objects no longer actually present.
▪ We are concerned with the quality of goods and the satisfactions we derive from them.
▪ They have questioned the view that stratification systems derive ultimately from shared values.
▪ Training is needed to enable them to derive greater value and information from the source.
▪ Each of these seems to derive something from the interruptable time of the television chronotope, and its consequently segmented narrative.
▪ In this context, capital market theory is used to derive an expression for the risk premium of index futures.
▪ Some method is then used to derive the syntactic representation for the derivative form from combining the root form and the affix.
▪ A small set of rules are used to derive the syntactic information for the word.
▪ What computer processing methods are used to derive thematic maps from multispectral remotely-sensed images?
▪ The process used to derive criteria commenced with a general view of the learning objectives to be focused upon.
▪ A range of data sources will be used to derive the best possible estimates.
▪ For example, it could be used to derive the Szekeres solution described in Chapter 9 from the Khan-Penrose solution.
▪ Performance measured relative to these statements is aggregated using complex rules to derive the level awarded.
▪ A country can also derive export revenue from service income, e.g. shipping and tourism, together with remittances from overseas workers.
▪ One of the first commercial products to derive from this biotechnology is likely to be genetically engineered tomatoes.
▪ The process used to derive criteria commenced with a general view of the learning objectives to be focused upon.
▪ Then she decided to wash her hair, thinking she might derive some comfort from this familiar rite.
▪ They also denote deliberate obfuscations deriving from Dada and Surrealism.
▪ This Board rejected both these submissions and held that the profits did not arise in or derive from Hong Kong.
▪ Throughout his early adult life he passed from one religious system to another, unable to derive lasting spiritual satisfaction form any.
▪ Which suggests that the life patterns imposed on infants in fact derive from biological need.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Derive \De*rive"\, v. i. To flow; to have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced.

Power from heaven Derives, and monarchs rule by gods appointed.


Derive \De*rive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Derived; p. pr. & vb. n. Deriving.] [F. d['e]river, L. derivare; de- + rivus stream, brook. See Rival.]

  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. [Obs.]

    For fear it [water] choke up the pits . . . they [the workman] derive it by other drains.

    Her due loves derived to that vile witch's share.

    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.

  4. (Chem.) To obtain one substance from another by actual or theoretical substitution; as, to derive an organic acid from its corresponding hydrocarbon.

    Syn: To trace; deduce; infer.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French deriver "to flow, pour out; derive, originate," from Latin derivare "to lead or draw off (a stream of water) from its source" (in Late Latin also "to derive"), from phrase de rivo (de "from" + rivus "stream;" see rivulet). Etymological sense is 1550s. Related: Derived; deriving.


vb. (context transitive English) To obtain or receive (something) from something else.

  1. v. reason by deduction; establish by deduction [syn: deduce, infer, deduct]

  2. obtain; "derive pleasure from one's garden" [syn: gain]

  3. come from; "The present name derives from an older form"

  4. develop or evolve, especially from a latent or potential state [syn: educe]

  5. come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins" [syn: come, descend]


Derive or derived may refer to:

  • Derive (computer algebra system), a commercial computer algebra system made by Texas Instruments
  • Dérive, a psychogeographical term for spontaneous exploration of urban landscapes guided by aesthetic instinct
  • dérive – Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, an Austrian science magazine on urbanism
  • Derived class, in object-oriented programming
  • Derived category, in mathematics
  • Derived set (mathematics)
  • Derived row, in music theory
  • Derived trait, in phylogenetics, a trait present in an organism, but absent in the last common ancestor of its group

The dérive (, "drift") is a revolutionary strategy originally put forward in the 'Theory of the Dérive' (1956) by Guy Debord, a member at the time of the Letterist International. Debord defines the dérive as "a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances." It is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, in which participants drop their everyday relation and 'let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there'. Though solo dérives are possible, Debord indicates

that the most fruitful numerical arrangement consists of several small groups of two or three people who have reached the same level of awareness, since cross-checking these different groups’ impressions makes it possible to arrive at more objective conclusions.

The dérives goals include studying the terrain of the city (psychogeography) and emotional disorientation, both of which lead to the potential creation of Situations.

Derive (computer algebra system)

Derive was a computer algebra system, developed as a successor to muMATH by the Soft Warehouse in Honolulu, Hawaii, now owned by Texas Instruments. Derive was implemented in , also by Soft Warehouse. The first release was in 1988. It was discontinued on June 29, 2007 in favor of the TI-Nspire CAS. The last and final version is Derive 6.1 for MS Windows.

Since Derive required comparably little memory, it was suitable for use on older and smaller machines. It was available for Windows and DOS platforms and was used also in TI pocket calculators.

Dérive (magazine)

dérive – Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung is an Austrian science magazine on urbanism.

Usage examples of "derive".

Then all the satisfaction she had derived from what she had heard Madame Bourdieu say departed, and she went off furious and ashamed, as if soiled and threatened by all the vague abominations which she had for some time felt around her, without knowing, however, whence came the little chill which made her shudder as with dread.

While it is indeed possible to derive stem cells from aborted embryos, it is seldom done for two reasons.

As there is Good, the Absolute, as well as Good, the quality, so, together with the derived evil entering into something not itself, there must be the Absolute Evil.

The city was accessible only by a narrow peninsula towards the west, as the other three sides were surrounded by the Adige, a rapid river, which covered the province of Venetia, from whence the besieged derived an inexhaustible supply of men and provisions.

Whatever advantages might be derived from the acquisition of an Imperial proselyte, he was distinguished by the splendor of his purple, rather than by the superiority of wisdom, or virtue, from the many thousands of his subjects who had embraced the doctrines of Christianity.

NSA decided it was administratively too difficult to determine whether particular reports derived from the specific surveillances authorized by the attorney general, NSA decided to place this caveat on all its terrorism-related reports.

It must not be forgotten that his modelled work derives an adventitious merit from the splendour of the frescoes with which it is surrounded, and from our admiration of the astounding range of power manifested by their author.

He does four-fifths of the agricultural labor of the South and thereby adds four-fifths to the wealth of the South derived from agriculture, the leading Southern industry.

The population was derived almost wholly from the agriculturists of the old order, and since agriculture had been considered a sluggish and base occupation, fit only for sluggish natures, the planet was now peopled with yokels.

Honorius ambitiously derived their descent from the heroes who had repulsed the arms of Hannibal, and subdued the nations of the earth.

Fritsche in the same year by the distillation of indigo with caustic potash developed a product which he also called aniline, the name being derived from the Portuguese word anil, meaning indigo.

Freyja was in the sacred woods gathering herbs, and Anomia, who could have done something to stop it, stood in her doorway, laughing and deriving obvious pleasure from seeing the men pounding one another.

Fourteen years later Chief Justice Marshall observed for the Court that its appellate jurisdiction is derived from the Constitution, but proceeded nevertheless to hold that an affirmative bestowal of appellate jurisdiction by Congress, which made no express exceptions to it, implied a denial of all others.

Justice Wilson dissented from this holding and contended that the appellate jurisdiction, as being derived from the Constitution, could be exercised without an act of Congress or until Congress made exceptions to it.

He did not resemble Arend nor Cherek, Algar nor Drasnian, Rivan nor Tolnedran, but seemed rather to derive from some racial stock long since forgotten.