Meaning of DERRICK in English

der ‧ rick /ˈderɪk/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1700-1800 ; Origin: derrick 'structure for hanging criminals' (1600-1700) , perhaps from a person who operated this called Derrick ]

1 . a tall machine used for lifting heavy weights, especially on ships

2 . a tall tower built over an oil well, used to raise and lower the ↑ drill

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