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  • A device that is used for lifting and moving large objects
  • A framework that is constructed over a mine or oil well for the purpose of boring or lowering pipes.


  • Another form of the male given name Derek.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

DERRICK. The name of the finisher of the law, or hangman
about the year 1608.--'For he rides his circuit with
the Devil, and Derrick must be his host, and Tiburne
the inne at which he will lighte.' Vide Bellman of
London, in art. PRIGGIN LAW.--'At the gallows,
where I leave them, as to the haven at which they must
all cast anchor, if Derrick's cables do but hold.' Ibid.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)

Der"rick, n. (Mining) The pyramidal structure or tower over a deep drill hole, such as that of an oil well.

Der"rick (?), n. [Orig., a gallows, from a hangman named Derrick. The name is of Dutch origin; D. Diederik, Dierryk, prop. meaning, chief of the people; cf. AS. peódric, E. Theodoric, G. Dietrich. See Dutch, and Rich.] A mast, spar, or tall frame, supported at the top by stays or guys, with suitable tackle for hoisting heavy weights, as stones in building.

Derrick crane, a combination of the derrick and the crane, having facility for hoisting and also for swinging the load horizontally.

Der"rick, n. (Mining) The pyramidal structure or tower over a deep drill hole, such as that of an oil well.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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