- [noun] the source from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues); "he prefers shoes of Italian derivation"
- [noun] (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
Synonyms: deriving, etymologizing
- [noun] a line of reasoning that shows how a conclusion follows logically from accepted propositions
- [noun] (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation: `singer' from `sing'; `undo' from `do'
- [noun] inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline
Synonyms: ancestry, lineage, filiation
- [noun] drawing of fluid or inflammation away from a diseased part of the body
- [noun] drawing off water from its main channel as for irrigation