Meaning of DERRICK in English


Pronunciation: ' der-ik, ' de-rik

Function: noun

Etymology: obsolete derrick hangman, gallows, from Derick, name of 17th century English hangman

Date: circa 1752

1 : a hoisting apparatus employing a tackle rigged at the end of a beam

2 : a framework or tower over a deep drill hole (as of an oil well) for supporting boring tackle or for hoisting and lowering

derrick 2

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