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Meaning of derrick

der•rick

Pronunciation: (der'ik), [key]
— n.
  1. 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. Also calledthe towerlike framework over an oil well or the like.
  3. a 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. luff.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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