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 for Deriving
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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              For fear it [water] choke up the pits . . . they
              [the workman] derive it by other drains. --Holland.
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              Her due loves derived to that vile witch's share.
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              Derived to us by tradition from Adam to Noah. --Jer.
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     2. To receive, as from a source or origin; to obtain by
        descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; --
        followed by from.
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     3. To trace the origin, descent, or derivation of; to
        recognize transmission of; as, he derives this word from
        the Anglo-Saxon.
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              From these two causes . . . an ancient set of
              physicians derived all diseases.      --Arbuthnot.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical
           origins of a word or phrase [syn: deriving, derivation,

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