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Recent Examples of derrick from the Web
Baldwin Hills and its crown of oil derricks hovered in the hazy distance.
In the 1960s, as oil became the dominant industry in town, petroleum was added to the name and the logo became a shrimp in a hard hat wrapped around an oil derrick.
Hanging from them are strings of plastic beads with plastic shrimp and a medallion displaying another oil derrick, spouting oil.
Charles Whitehorn, 30 years old, and Anna Brown, 34, both members of the tribe, had been shot dead and abandoned—Whitehorn in the brush at the base of an oil derrick and Brown by a creek at the bottom of a ravine.
Equipped with derricks towering 220 feet above the platform and able to drill in 10,000 feet of water, the vessels had been in demand since birth.
Minarets pierced the mild moon, so different from the oil derricks the House of Nobel had erected.
A horizon dotted with cotton fields and oil derricks.
The state Capitol itself sits atop a giant oilfield, and an oil derrick stands outside the building as a symbol of the industry’s importance.
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Did You Know?
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, London was the home of a notorious executioner named Derick. Among those he beheaded was the Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux, who according to a street ballad of the time had once saved the life of the ungrateful executioner. While members of the nobility were accorded the courtesy of beheading, it was the lot of commoners to be hanged, and those sent to face the rope at the hands of the executioner Derick nicknamed the gallows at Tyburn after him. Throughout the 17th century, "derick" was used as a name for both hangman and gallows. After the days of public hangings, the word derrick was adopted as a name for a number of less ominous frameworks or towers.
Origin and Etymology of derrick
First Known Use: circa 1752See Words from the same year
DERRICK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of derrick for English Language Learners
: 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
DERRICK Defined for Kids
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