noun der·rick \ˈder-ik, ˈde-rik\

: a tall machine with a long part like an arm that is used to move or lift heavy things especially on ships

: a tall tower that is built over an oil well and used to support and guide the tool that is used to dig the hole and get oil out of the ground

Full Definition of DERRICK

:  a hoisting apparatus employing a tackle rigged at the end of a beam
:  a framework or tower over a deep drill hole (as of an oil well) for supporting boring tackle or for hoisting and lowering

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Origin of DERRICK

obsolete derrick hangman, gallows, from Derick, name of 17th century English hangman
First Known Use: circa 1752

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DERRICK Defined for Kids


noun der·rick \ˈder-ik\

Definition of DERRICK for Kids

:  a machine for moving or lifting heavy weights by means of a long arm fitted with ropes and pulleys
:  a framework or tower over an oil well used to support machinery


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