De*rive" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Derived (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Deriving.] [F. dériver, 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,
For fear it [water] choke up the pits . . . they [the
workman] derive it by other drains.
Her due loves derived to that vile witch's
Derived to us by tradition from Adam to
Noah. Jer. Taylor.
2. To receive, as from a source or origin; to
obtain by descent or by transmission; to draw; to deduce; -- followed
3. To trace the origin, descent, or
derivation of; to recognize transmission of; as, he derives
this word from the Anglo-Saxon.
From these two causes . . . an ancient set of
physicians derived all diseases.
4. (Chem.) To obtain one substance
from another by actual or theoretical substitution; as, to
derive an organic acid from its corresponding
Syn. -- To trace; deduce; infer.
De*rive" (?), v. i. To flow; to
have origin; to descend; to proceed; to be deduced.
Power from heaven
Derives, and monarchs rule by gods appointed.