Definition of derrick noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈderɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈderɪk//
    The power industry, Parts of boats and ships
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  1. 1a tall machine used for moving or lifting heavy weights, especially on a ship; a type of crane See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  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) See related entries: The power industry
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (denoting a hangman, also the gallows): from Derrick, the surname of a London hangman.
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