derrick

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdɛrɪk/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdɛrɪk/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(derik)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
der•rick /ˈdɛrɪk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Mechanical Engineering, Nauticala crane for lifting cargo, such as on a ship.
  2. Energya framework like a tower over an oil well.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
der•rick  (derik),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]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. EnergyAlso called  oil derrick. the towerlike framework over an oil well or the like.
  3. Nautical, Naval Termsa 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.

v.t., v.i. 
  1. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]luff.
  • origin, originally a hangman, the gallows, after the surname of a well-known Tyburn hangman, ca. 1600

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
derrick /ˈdɛrɪk/ n
  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
vb
  1. to raise or lower the jib of (a crane)
Etymology: 17th Century (in the sense: gallows): from Derrick, name of a celebrated hangman at Tyburn
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