Definition of derrick in English:

derrick

Syllabification: der·rick
Pronunciation: /ˈderik
 
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noun

  • 1A kind of crane with a movable pivoted arm for moving or lifting heavy weights, especially on a ship.
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    • The derrick cranes being used for erection were then moved forward to the next segment and the cycle was repeated.
    • The vessel to be fitted with winches, derricks, wheels and ordinary runners capable of handling lifts up to 2 tons.
    • Today, two derrick cranes will move the heavy reactor and its related equipment to a trailer with 360 wheels on the pier.
  • 2The framework over an oil well or similar boring that holds the drilling machinery.
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    • Soon drilling derricks, pipelines and roads carved up the region, and oil spills polluted lakes and rivers.
    • Oil wells no longer require derricks, so west county's 7,000 rickety towers are largely gone.
    • There were oil derricks and natural gas pipelines, grain elevators six stories high.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting a hangman, also the gallows): from Derrick, the surname of a hangman in London, England.

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