Example sentences for: derives

How can you use “derives” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • It correctly derives hawser from the obsolete verb hawse, which had indeed the sense of “to hoist,” but is really a derivative, as shown, of the Latin altus.

  • (The computer age term, “spaghetti code,” derives from the same pasta-related idea as macaronic, but more obviously so.)

  • As chairman of the national association dedicated to the protection (and improvement) of playing fields, I am delighted they feature so prominently in the rhetoric of politicians, but concerned that our charity derives no direct benefit from the extensive use of what seems to have become the most popular cliché of our times.

  • In the same piece, he traces savvy to Portuguese, which might be correct, but Mencken's American Language derives it from the Spanish sabe . Professor Kaye's nuance word is, at a guess, a suggestion from a word-processor's spelling checker which was derailed by nonce word .

  • The city of some 55,000 as it exists today derives much more from the town built by Anglos who have been attracted here since the mid nineteenth century than from the Spanish-Mexican colonists and their descendants who populated the tiny frontier capital for over two centuries previously.


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