derivationnoun [ C or U ]uk /ˌder.ɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌder.əˈveɪ.ʃən/
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- In these words, as in many others, we can see that it is never safe to guess the derivation of words.
- It is interesting to note that derivations that get away sufficiently from the concrete notion of the radical word to exist as independent conceptual centers are not affected by this elusive drift.
- It is quite erroneously called Late-wake, though Brand favours that modern corruption and derivation.
- The derivation of his name shows unmistakably that the earliest form under which he was a mythological existence was as the light-god.