Derrick Definition

dĕrĭk
derricks
noun
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.
Webster's New World
A tall, tapering framework, as over an oil well, to support drilling machinery, etc.
Webster's New World
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pronoun

A male given name, variant spelling of Derek.

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Other Word Forms of Derrick

Noun

Singular:
derrick
Plural:
derricks

Origin of Derrick

  • 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

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

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

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