Derrick 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. pe['o]dric, E. Theodoric, G. Dietrich. See {Dutch}, and {Rich}.] 1. A mast, spar, or tall frame, supported at the top by stays or guys, and usually pivoted at the base, with suitable tackle for hoisting heavy weights, such as stones in building. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mining) The pyramidal structure or tower over a deep drill hole, such as that of an oil well (also called an oil derrick . [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

{Derrick crane}, a combination of the derrick and the crane, having facility for hoisting and also for swinging the load horizontally. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • derrick — [ derik ] n. m. • 1861; mot angl., d un nom propre ♦ Anglic. Bâti métallique supportant le trépan qui sert à forer les puits de pétrole. Les derricks. Recomm. offic. tour de forage. ● derrick nom masculin (anglais derrick, potence, de Derrick,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Derrick — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El término inglés Derrick tiene significados múltiples: Torre de armazón metálica, que soporta la maquinaria de perforación de un pozo de petróleo. Especie de grúa usada en obras públicas. En personas, Derrick puede… …   Wikipedia Español

  • derrick — DÉRRICK s.n. Şarpantă de metal care suportă aparatul de foraj al unui puţ petrolier. [< engl. derrick]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 18.02.2005. Sursa: DN  DÉRRICK s. n. şarpantă de metal care suportă aparatul de foraj al unui puţ petrolier; turla …   Dicționar Român

  • derrick — der‧rick [ˈderɪk] noun [countable] 1. a type of crane, used especially for loading and unloading ships 2. a tall tower built over an oil well, used to raise and lower the drill: • a massive oil derrick * * * derrick UK US /ˈderɪk/ noun [C] …   Financial and business terms

  • derrick — ► NOUN 1) a kind of crane with a movable pivoted arm. 2) the framework over an oil well, holding the drilling machinery. ORIGIN originally denoting a hangman, also the gallows: from Derrick, the surname of a 17th century London hangman …   English terms dictionary

  • derrick — [der′ik] n. [after Thos. Derrick, London hangman of the early 17th c.: first applied to a gallows] 1. 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… …   English World dictionary

  • Derrick — m English: variant spelling of DEREK (SEE Derek). This is the usual American spelling of the given name, but in Britain it is more common as a surname than as a given name …   First names dictionary

  • derrick — c.1600, originally hangman, then a gallows, then hoist, crane (1727), from surname of a hangman at Tyburn gallows, London, c.1606 1608, often referred to in contemporary theater. The name represents a late borrowing from the Low Countries (Cf. Du …   Etymology dictionary

  • derrick — /ingl. ˈdɛrɪk/ [vc. ingl., verso il 1600 «forca, patibolo», dal n. originario ol. (Dierryk, equivalente a «Teodorico») di un boia ingl.] s. m. inv. (per ricerche petrolifere, per sondaggi) torre di perforazione, castello, traliccio, armatura …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Derrick — For other uses, see Derrick (disambiguation). Derrick of Ocean Star Offshore Oil Rig Museum, Galveston, Texas A derrick is a lifting device composed of one tower, or guyed mast such as a pole which is hinged freely at the bottom. It is controlled …   Wikipedia

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