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derrick

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛrɪk
 
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Definition of derrick in English:

noun

1A kind of crane with a movable pivoted arm for moving heavy weights, especially on a ship.
Example sentences
  • 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, holding the drilling machinery.
Example sentences
  • 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 London hangman.

More
  • Derrick was first used to mean either the gallows or a hangman, and comes from the name of a London hangman who worked around 1600. This was then transferred to a tackle on a ship's mast, and from there extended to any hoisting device.

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