Derrick crane
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]


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  • 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

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