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|French term or phrase: dérivation|
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[où sont les dérivations d'antan? (with apologies to Villon)]
...reliée à la base du tube de mesure, une dérivation de mise à une pression de référence, associée à un organe d’obturation à commande électrique...
What I would really like to know is the precise derivation of *dérivation*...it would be edifying, if not calming, indeed!
|bypass, shunt, diversion|
I think the meaning is clear, but if I understand you aright you want to know where the term "derivation" comes from I assume it's from the notion of a river which overflows, leaves, or is deviated from its banks ("rives"): it's "de-banked". "Dérive" is also drift (la dérive des continents = continental drift).
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Exactly what I was looking for...now I can "derive" some satisfaction with my labors over dérivation!
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Sometimes, mostly in electric circuits, there is a "tap", quite often a "center tap".
For instance, in a bi-volt (110/220 V) transformer, there is a "center tap". By using the two halves of the coil in parallel, it can be connected to 110 V; by ignoring the tap, the ends can be connected to 220 V, thus yielding the same result in the secondary coil.
Some multi-voltage transformers, like those used in "universal" battery eliminators, there is a whole series if taps along the winding, to offer varios voltages.
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