derrick

[der-ik]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. Also called oil derrick. the towerlike framework over an oil well or the like.
  3. 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.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. Machinery. luff.

Origin of derrick

originally a hangman, the gallows, after the surname of a well-known Tyburn hangman, circa 1600
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Historical Examples of derricking

  • But with these lively quarter-pounders of the Taylor Brook, derricking is a safer procedure.


British Dictionary definitions for derricking

derrick

noun
  1. a simple crane having lifting tackle slung from a boom
  2. the framework erected over an oil well to enable drill tubes to be raised and lowered
verb
  1. to raise or lower the jib of (a crane)

Word Origin for derrick

C17 (in the sense: gallows): from Derrick, name of a celebrated hangman at Tyburn
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Word Origin and History for derricking

derrick

n.

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.

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