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Definition of derrick:

  1. 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. The pyramidal structure or tower over a deep drill hole, such as that of an oil well.

Synonyms:

foundry, cooling tower, jib, hoist, gantry, boatyard, gasometer, blast furnace, factory, gasholder, skid, crane, block and tackle, brickworks, sling, jack, pulley, cannery.

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