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Definition of derrick noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    derrick

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈdɛrɪk//
     
     
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  1. 1a tall machine used for moving or lifting heavy weights, especially on a ship; a type of crane
  2. 2a tall structure over an oil well for holding the drill (= the machine that makes the hole in the ground for getting the oil out)
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