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.
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How to use derrick in a sentence
Born in Cincinnati, Prather grew up in Longview, Texas, against a backdrop of oilfield pumps and derricks.Building a better chemical factory—out of microbes | Leigh Buchanan | August 24, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
My next stop was Butte, where abandoned derricks are scattered across the landscape, some lit up at night.In Big Sky country, a pandemic-era fly-fishing getaway | Carl Fincke | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
“After the withdraw, they realized that firefighter Craig-Lewis was missing,” said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner derrick Sawyer.
The glass-enclosed elevator that I take shows another building being erected, with a great derrick and all.
derrick, now 22, was also diagnosed with ADHD at a young age.
Tuff cared for derrick and his older sister, LaVita, while working two or three jobs at a time.
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? | Michael Daly | July 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
If with the Vice-Admiral he will hoist a white flag at the end of the gaff or derrick, and fire two guns.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
A longing for some closer communion than she had known before drew her toward this church, of which derrick Jaynes was the rector.Mildred's Inheritance | Annie Fellows Johnston
"We'll grade up the gravel dump to begin with, and then make a new derrick," Festing answered gloomily.The Girl From Keller's | Harold Bindloss
derrick went back to his work, thinking about Miss Barholm, of course.That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
Fergus derrick was a young man, and young men were fond of novelties.That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for derrick
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)
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