Definitions and samples

  • derive (v.) to come from, usually through a long, slow process


- The Cyrillic alphabet was derived from the Greek alphabet.

  • detection (n.) when something is found that is not easy to see, hear etc, or the process of looking for it


- Early detection of the disease is vital.

  • implement (v.) to make use of; to carry out


- Not until after the new software was installed could we implement the new filing system.

  • maintenance (n.) the work needed to keep a road, building, machine, etc. in good condition


- The only problem with living in such a big house is that it requires a lot of maintenance.

  • trigger (n.) a part of a gun which causes the gun to fire when pressed


- It's not clear who actually pulled the trigger.