What does Derrick mean?

Definitions for Derrick
ˈdɛr ɪkder·rick

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. derricknoun

    a framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes to be raised and lowered

  2. derricknoun

    a simple crane having lifting tackle slung from a boom


  1. Derricknoun

    (Mining) The pyramidal structure or tower over a deep drill hole, such as that of an oil well (also called an oil derrick .


  1. derricknoun

    A device that is used for lifting and moving large objects

  2. derricknoun

    A framework that is constructed over a mine or oil well for the purpose of boring or lowering pipes.

  3. Derricknoun

    A male given name from the Germanic languages, variant of Derek.

  4. Etymology: Derived from the name of British executioner Thomas Derrick, who invented the framework arrangement commonly known by this name to aid in the conduct of executions.


  1. Derrick

    A derrick is a lifting device composed at minimum of one guyed mast, as in a gin pole, which may be articulated over a load by adjusting its guys. Most derricks have at least two components, either a guyed mast or self-supporting tower, and a boom hinged at its base to provide articulation, as in a stiffleg derrick. The most basic type of derrick is controlled by three or four lines connected to the top of the mast, which allow it both to move laterally and cant up and down. To lift a load, a separate line runs up and over the mast with a hook on its free end, as with a crane.Forms of derricks are commonly found aboard ships and at docking facilities. Some large derricks are mounted on dedicated vessels, and known as floating derricks and sheerlegs. The term derrick is also applied to the framework supporting a drilling apparatus in an oil rig. The derrick derives its name from a type of gallows named after Thomas Derrick, an Elizabethan era English executioner.


  1. derrick

    A derrick is a mechanical lifting device, typically consisting of a tower or framework with a boom or arm, swiftly maneuverable by pulleys and ropes, usually powered by an electric motor. It is designed to lift, move, or lower heavy materials or equipment in construction, oil drilling, and other heavy-duty industries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Derricknoun

    a mast, spar, or tall frame, supported at the top by stays or guys, with suitable tackle for hoisting heavy weights, as stones in building

  2. Etymology: [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. pedric, E. Theodoric, G. Dietrich. See Dutch, and Rich.]


  1. Derrick

    A derrick is a lifting device composed of one tower, or guyed mast such as a pole which is hinged freely at the bottom. It is controlled by lines powered by some means such as man-hauling or motors, so that the pole can move in all four directions. A line runs down and over its bottom with a hook on the end, like with a crane. It is commonly used in docks and on board ships. Some large derricks are mounted on dedicated vessels, and are often known as "floating derricks". The device was named for its resemblance to a type of gallows from which a hangman's noose hangs. The derrick type of gallows in turn got its name from Thomas Derrick, an English executioner from the Elizabethan era.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Derrick

    der′ik, n. an apparatus for lifting weights, closely resembling a crane.—Floating derrick, a derrick mounted on a special boat: a beam supported at an angle between the perpendicular and horizontal, with tackle for raising heavy weights. [From Derrick, the name of a hangman in the early part of the 17th century.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. derrick

    A single spar, supported by stays and guys, to which a purchase is attached, used in loading and unloading vessels. Also, a small crane either inside or outside of a ship.

Editors Contribution

  1. derrick

    A type of device, equipment, framework, tool, machinery and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes, structure and styles, to support apparatus, lift and move things and for other purposes.

    A derrick is used in a shipyard, in the crane rental business, in the port area of sea, on an oil rig as a supporting framework etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 7, 2016  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Derrick

    The old name for a gibbet and now for a high crane. So called after a seventeenth-century hangman at Tyburn.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Derrick is ranked #3779 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Derrick surname appeared 9,365 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Derrick.

    78.4% or 7,350 total occurrences were White.
    16.5% or 1,554 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 185 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 168 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 60 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 48 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Derrick in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Derrick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Derrick in a Sentence

  1. Steve Romines:

    If Derrick Johnson have a self-defense claim over a death, Derrick Johnson still get indicted. Derrick Johnson present that to a jury, they decide if there's a reasonable doubt of Derrick Johnson guilt, police are the only people that just get declared justified without having to present it to a jury.

  2. Derrick Levasseur:

    Nothing was off limits, if we felt that we could contribute something to the case that may assist the agency working that investigation, we were going there... Although we started with these six, we intend on doing this as long as we’re capable of doing it, because the gratification you get from sitting down with these families, at the end of these independent investigations, and telling them information that they’ve never heard before. Derrick Levasseur and Kris Mohandie in.

  3. Ken Thompson:

    Wrongful convictions ultimately destroy the lives of the people who are wrongfully convicted, as well as their families, and also do great damage to the integrity of the justice system, the people of Brooklyn elected me to ensure that justice is done and that is what my decision to vacate Derrick Hamilton’s conviction reflects.

  4. The DOJ:

    Maurice Levy and Derrick Levy further admitted that they would call individuals in the United States, many of whom were elderly and vulnerable, and falsely claim that the individuals had won a sweepstakes prize but were required to pay fees prior to the delivery of the prize. In truth, no such prize existed.

  5. Steve Romines:

    We participate in the system and fund the system with our tax dollars, but we have low expectations of the system to work for us. if Derrick Johnson have a self-defense claim over a death, Derrick Johnson still get indicted. Derrick Johnson present that to a jury, they decide if there's a reasonable doubt of Derrick Johnson guilt.

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