• WordNet 3.6
    • n derrick a simple crane having lifting tackle slung from a boom
    • n derrick a framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes to be raised and lowered
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Derrick A mast, spar, or tall frame, supported at the top by stays or guys, and usually pivoted at the base, with suitable tackle for hoisting heavy weights, such as stones in building.
    • Derrick (Mining) The pyramidal structure or tower over a deep drill hole, such as that of an oil well (also called an oil derrick .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n derrick An apparatus for lifting and moving heavy weights. It is similar to the crane, but differs from it in having the boom, which corresponds to the jib of the crane, pivoted at the lower end so that it may take different inclinations from the perpendicular. The weight is suspended from the end of the boom by ropes or chains that pass through a block at the end of the boom and thence directly to the crab, a winding-apparatus or motor at the foot of the post. Another rope connects the top of the boom with a block at the top of the post, and thence passes to the motor below. The motions of the derrick are a direct lift, a circular motion round the axis of the post, and a radial motion within the circle described by the point of the boom. On shipboard a derrick is a spar raised on end, with the head steadied by guys and the heel by lashings, and having one or more purchases depending from it to raise heavy weights.
    • n derrick The overhead framework used in drilling the holes for oil-wells, and which remains in place after the boring is completed and the drilling machinery is removed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Derrick der′ik an apparatus for lifting weights, closely resembling a crane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Orig., a gallows, from a hangman named Derrick,. The name is of Dutch origin; D. Diederik, Dierryk, prop. meaning, chief of the people; cf. AS. peódric, E. Theodoric, G. Dietrich,. See Dutch, and Rich
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Derrick, the name of a hangman in the early part of the 17th century.


In literature:

For the shadow was only a scow with a derrick.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Others were clustered about the wide concrete floor where the derrick stood.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
On the quays are the towering lattices of patent derricks, forests of them, that handle coal and ore and cargoes of infinite variety.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
The forty-foot tower is built much like an oil well derrick.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
From the station she could see half a dozen one-story shacks and, beyond, the outline of oil well derricks.
"Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil" by Alice B. Emerson
When his emotions go deep, words stick in his throat, and have to be hauled out of him with a derrick.
"A Guide to Men" by Helen Rowland
Mug of hot water in hand, I pick my way aft among the derrick chains, and descend to my room.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
At a great distance they could see many twinkling electric lights, one of which hung on the top of every oil derrick.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
That hurt a bit, but I had Derrick.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
With Sir Spencer Derrick here, and the Openshaws!
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
A huge derrick-like affair, encrusted with the usual gold and gems, was lumbering toward the wrecked platform.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
Jack had never actually seen an oil derrick before in his life, but he knew that this was one.
"Jack Winters' Campmates" by Mark Overton
I don't care to feel like using a derrick every time I roll over.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
Derricks are topped up and purchases rove for handling the heavy twelve-inch motor-pumps.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
Derrick, just fetch it for me, will you?
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
The coal was taken in by derricks at the main deck ports.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
Amidst the cheers of the watchers on the abutments, the boom of the derrick swung free.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
Then a small derrick was made to support the mast nearly in balance.
"The Last Cruise of the Saginaw" by George H. Read
He tied the boat to one of the odd derrick affairs and scrambled out.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
The ship's derricks having been lifted, these made the first preparations for discharging the cargo.
"The Bonadventure" by Edmund Blunden

In poetry:

Down Wall, from girder into street noon leaks,
A rip-tooth of the sky's acetylene;
All afternoon the cloud-flown derricks turn . . .
Thy cables breathe the North Atlantic still.
"To Brooklyn Bridge" by Harold Hart Crane
In ruck and quibble of courtfolk
This giant hulked, I tell you, on her scene
With hands like derricks,
Looks fierce and black as rooks;
Why, all the windows broke when he stalked in.
"The Queen's Complaint" by Sylvia Plath
For a poet wrought in Panama
With a continent for his theme,
And he wrote with flood and fire
To forge a planet s dream,
And the derricks rang his dithyrambs
And his stanzas roared in steam.
"Goethals, The Prophet Engineer" by Percy MacKaye
And with them that rickety edifice
Of warehouses, derricks, smokestacks and bridges
In the distance. All around us the water slips
And gossips in its loose vernacular,
Ferrying the smells of cod and tar.
"A Winter Ship" by Sylvia Plath
There's a big China liner gleaming like a gull,
And her lit ports flashing; there's the long gaunt hull
Of a Blue-Funnel freighter with her derricks dark and still;
And a tall barque loading at the lumber mill.
"Sailor Town" by Cicely Fox Smith
And, like a mighty gallows-frame,
The derrick in the New Chum claim
Hangs over where, despite the cold,
Strong miners seek the hidden gold,
And stiff and blue, half-frozen through,
The fickle dame of Fortune woo.
"The Demon Snow-Shoes (A Legend of Kiandra)" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Smith reached paydirt for the third time in the third quarter, five minutes prior to Derrick Allen adding Butler 's fifth and final rushing score.
Derrick Degrace just had another day in court.
Derrick Nix talked about his troubled offseason after being named one of two team captains for MSU in the 2012-2013 season.
Indiendo Productions was founded in 2009 by Waynesboro natives William and Thomas Derrick and Mitch Walck.
Love's buys Derrick's but chapel will have to go.
He even played with a guy, Derrick Williams, who made it an art form while cruising to the 2011 NBA draft lottery.
PTI's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon look back on Bulls' loss to the Heat on Sunday and review the performance of Derrick Rose.
Courtesy of adidas, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose talks about his six-part online video series.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am Monday, Oct 15, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Ackerly with Dr Stan Blevins and Derrick Looney officiating.
Reader writer Leor Galil on UNDRCRWN's Derrick Rozay T-shirt, and Mayor Daley bassist Emily Elhaj on "the go-to guy for underground album art".
UNDRCRWN's Derrick Rozay T-shirt—it'll never tear an ACL.
DEERFIELD, Ill.—Derrick Rose isnt sure hell be the same player once he returns from his knee surgery.
With Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal Tuesday in Chicago, there have been whispers that Derrick Rose is shouldering too much of the scoring and ball-handling load for the Chicago Bulls.
Alabama commit Derrick Henry breaks national high school rushing record.
Five-star Bama commit Derrick Henry on verge of history (video).

In science:

Derrick’s Theorem states that Eq. (53) has a static solution with the finite energy only in two dimensional spacetime (t, x).
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
Thus in any given dimension, our choice of gauge group must be made with due regard to regularity, and the models chosen must be consistent with the Derrick scaling requirement for the finiteness of energy.
New Chern-Simons densities in both odd and even dimensions
Higgs field here is due to the imposition of symmetries in the descent mechanism, in contrast with its presence in the models [13, 14, 15] supporting 2 + 1 dimensional CS vortices, where the Higgs field was introduced by hand with the expedient of satisfying the Derrick scaling requirement.
New Chern-Simons densities in both odd and even dimensions
If it were not for the topological stability, it would not be necessary to have a Higgs field merely to satisfy the Derrick scaling requirement.
New Chern-Simons densities in both odd and even dimensions
The only constraint in the choice of the detailed models employed is the requirement that the Derrick scaling requirement be satisfied.
New Chern-Simons densities in both odd and even dimensions
We must thus try to evade Derrick’s argument by introducing gauge interactions.
Higgs-Sector Solitons
Malcolm Derrick reported on Bose-Einstein correlations at HERA .
Multi-hadron Final States
Derrick, “Bose-Einstein correlations.” these proceedings. G.
Multi-hadron Final States
In 1930, Derrick Lehmer provided a complete and clean proof.
A LLT-like test for proving the primality of Fermat numbers
The topological data of the various models is summarized in table 2. • According to Derrick’s theorem, for a theory of a scalar field with an ordinary kinetic term with two derivatives, and any local potential at D ≥ 2, the only non-singular time-independent solutions of finite energy are the vacua.
Non-Perturbative Field Theory - From two dimensional conformal field theory to QCD in four dimensions
Those configurations bypass Derrick’s theorem by introducing higher derivative terms or including non-abelian gauge fields. • As is emphasized in Chapter 20, the extraction of the baryonic properties in the Skyrme model is very similar to the one for baryons in the bosonized theory in two dimensions.
Non-Perturbative Field Theory - From two dimensional conformal field theory to QCD in four dimensions
Derrick for reading and commenting this manuscript. I also would like to thanks the organizers, conveners and the speakers for very inspiring meeting.
Experimental summary of ISMD10
The data of ZEUS and H1 collaborations on deep inelastic scattering (Derrick, Marage) imply the Pomeron effective intercept somewhere in the region between 1.08 and 1.2 in accordance with earlier results and expectations.
Multiparticle Dynamics 1998: Summary talk
Derrick, “Plans for Neutrino Experiments with the 12 ft.
Accelerator Neutrino Beams
Theories which allow the field components to range over all of Rn are what they call “topologically trivial.” They propose a “Generalized Hobart-Derrick Theorem,” which asserts that stable solitons cannot possibly exist in such theories.
Stability Theory and the Foundations of Physics: A Challenge to Real Analysis and Numerical Calculation