- Machinery. a jib crane having a boom hinged near the base of the mast so as to rotate about the mast, for moving a load toward or away from the mast by raising or lowering the boom.
- Also called oil derrick. the towerlike framework over an oil well or the like.
- a boom for lifting cargo, pivoted at its inner end to a ship's mast or kingpost, and raised and supported at its outer end by topping lifts.
- Machinery. luff.
Origin of derrick
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Contemporary Examples of derrick
“After the withdraw, they realized that firefighter Craig-Lewis was missing,” said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.The Mystery Death Of A Female Firefighter
December 13, 2014
Tuff cared for Derrick and his older sister, LaVita, while working two or three jobs at a time.
Derrick, now 22, was also diagnosed with ADHD at a young age.
Derrick “Pimp Snooky” Avery was sent away for 20 years in 2010.FBI Sting Rescues 105 Kids, Nabs 159 Pimps—But What About the Johns?
July 30, 2013
“Derrick Thompson told police officers that he did not feel threatened by Mr. Pak and his actions,” he said.Guns in America, Ctd.
December 31, 2012
Historical Examples of derrick
Most of the barges had derrick masts, and all these masts were moving.The Harbor
Where the derrick had stood was the mouth of the twenty-inch casing.
The cable that ran from it was entangled with the wreckage of the derrick, but it had not been cut.
And there, where the derrick had stood, was a tall plume of white.
Wisbech said he wished to see Derrick Nasmyth, and the man nodded.The Greater Power
- a simple crane having lifting tackle slung from a boom
- the framework erected over an oil well to enable drill tubes to be raised and lowered
- to raise or lower the jib of (a crane)
Word Origin for 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. Dutch Diederik) of Old High German Theodric.