"derrick" Definition

  1. an apparatus for raising sunken ships, &c. The term is curiously derived from a hangman of that name frequently mentioned in Old Plays, as in the _Bellman of London_, 1616. “He rides circuit with the devil, and DERRICK must be his host, and Tyborne the inn at which he will light.” The term is now almost general for all cranes used in loading ships, or doing similar work of a heavy nature.

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Position in the dictionary: 953 of 4022 slang words.
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