Derrick meaning

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A large apparatus for lifting and moving heavy objects: it consists of a long beam pivoted at the base of a vertical, stationary beam and moved by ropes running on pulleys.
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A machine for hoisting and moving heavy objects, consisting of a movable boom equipped with cables and pulleys and connected to the base of an upright stationary beam.
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A tall framework over a drilled hole, especially an oil well, used to support boring equipment or hoist and lower lengths of pipe.
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A tall, tapering framework, as over an oil well, to support drilling machinery, etc.
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A device that is used for lifting and moving large objects.
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A framework that is constructed over a mine or oil well for the purpose of boring or lowering pipes.
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A male given name, variant spelling of Derek.
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Origin of derrick

  • Obsolete derick hangman, gallows after Derick , 16th-century English hangman

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Derived from the name of British executioner Thomas Derrick, who invented the framework arrangement commonly known by this name to aid in the conduct of executions.

    From Wiktionary