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derrick

noun [C] uk   /ˈder.ɪk/ specialized us  
a type of crane (= a machine with a part like an arm) used for moving things on and off shipsMachinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic choresPorts and docks a tower above an oil well which supports the drill (= machine for making a hole in the ground)Mining and quarrying
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