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EtymologyEdit

Named after British executioner Thomas Derrick, who invented the framework arrangement commonly known by this name to aid in the conduct of executions.

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NounEdit

derrick (plural derricks)

  1. A device that is used for lifting and moving large objects.
  2. A framework that is constructed over a mine or oil well for the purpose of boring or lowering pipes.
  3. (obsolete) A hangman.

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  • For "hangman": 1949, John Dover Wilson (compiler), Life in Shakespeare's England. A Book of Elizabethan Prose, Cambridge at the University Press. 1st ed. 1911, 2nd ed. 1913, 8th reprint. In Glossary and Notes