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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Derivative  \De*riv"a*tive\,  a.  [L.  derivativus:  cf  F. 
  d['e]rivatif.] 
  Obtained  by  derivation;  derived;  not  radical,  original,  or 
  fundamental;  originating,  deduced,  or  formed  from  something 
  else;  secondary;  as  a  derivative  conveyance;  a  derivative 
  word 
 
  {Derivative  circulation},  a  modification  of  the  circulation 
  found  in  some  parts  of  the  body,  in  which  the  arteries 
  empty  directly  into  the  veins  without  the  interposition  of 
  capillaries.  --Flint.  --  {De*riv"a*tive*ly},  adv  -- 
  {De*riv"a*tive*ness},  n. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Derivative  \De*riv"a*tive\,  n. 
  1.  That  which  is  derived;  anything  obtained  or  deduced  from 
  another. 
 
  2.  (Gram.)  A  word  formed  from  another  word  by  a  prefix  or 
  suffix,  an  internal  modification,  or  some  other  change;  a 
  word  which  takes  its  origin  from  a  root. 
 
  3.  (Mus.)  A  chord,  not  fundamental,  but  obtained  from  another 
  by  inversion;  or  vice  versa,  a  ground  tone  or  root 
  implied  in  its  harmonics  in  an  actual  chord. 
 
  4.  (Med.)  An  agent  which  is  adapted  to  produce  a  derivation 
  (in  the  medical  sense). 
 
  5.  (Math.)  A  derived  function;  a  function  obtained  from  a 
  given  function  by  a  certain  algebraic  process. 
 
  Note:  Except  in  the  mode  of  derivation  the  derivative  is  the 
  same  as  the  differential  coefficient.  See  {Differential 
  coefficient},  under  {Differential}. 
 
  6.  (Chem.)  A  substance  so  related  to  another  substance  by 
  modification  or  partial  substitution  as  to  be  regarded  as 
  derived  from  it  thus  the  amido  compounds  are  derivatives 
  of  ammonia,  and  the  hydrocarbons  are  derivatives  of 
  methane,  benzene,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  derivative 
  adj  1:  (linguistics)  formed  by  inflection  or  derivation;  "from  the 
  primitive  word  `electric'  comes  the  derivative  word 
  `electricity'"  [ant:  {primitive}] 
  2:  resulting  from  or  employing  derivation;  "a  derivative 
  process";  "a  highly  derivative  prose  style" 
  n  1:  the  result  of  mathematical  differentiation;  the 
  instantaneous  change  of  one  quantity  relative  to 
  another;  df(x)/dx  [syn:  {derived  function},  {differential 
  coefficient},  {differential},  {first  derivative}] 
  2:  a  financial  instrument  whose  value  is  based  on  another 
  security  [syn:  {derivative  instrument}] 
  3:  a  word  that  is  derived  from  another  word 




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