Definition for DE-RIVE

DE-RIVE, v.t. [L. derivo; de and rivus, a stream; Fr. deriver; Sp. derivar; It. derivare.]

  1. To draw from, as in a regular course or channel; to receive from a source by a regular conveyance. The heir derives an estate from his ancestors. We derive from Adam mortal bodies and natures prone to sin.
  2. To draw or receive, as from a source or origin. We derive ideas from the senses, and instruction from good books.
  3. To deduce or draw, as from a root, or primitive word. A hundred words are often derived from a single monosyllabic root, and sometimes a much greater number.
  4. To turn from its natural course; to divert; as, to derive water from the main channel or current into lateral rivulets.
  5. To communicate from one to another by descent. An excellent disposition is derived to your lordship from your parents. – Felton.
  6. To spread in various directions; to cause to flow. The streams of justice were derived into every part of the kingdom. – Davies.

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