Derivation Dictionaries (Word Histories)Word histories can help you to fully understand a word.
If you have ever looked up all the definitions in a word and still felt like you were missing something it could be you need more information about the word's history.
If you ever wondered how a word has such different definitions this can also be answered by knowing the words history.
DERIVATION: In a dictionary, the derivation is the section which shows the origin and historical development of a word. It is useful for gaining a full understanding of a word.
ETYMOLOGY: the origin and development of a word; the tracing of a word or other form back as far as possible in its own language and to its source in contemporary or earlier languages. Also known as "word histories".