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 for Derrick
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Derrick \Der"rick\, n. [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. pe['o]dric, E.
     Theodoric, G. Dietrich. See Dutch, and Rich.]
     1. A mast, spar, or tall frame, supported at the top by stays
        or guys, and usually pivoted at the base, with suitable
        tackle for hoisting heavy weights, such as stones in
        building.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Mining) The pyramidal structure or tower over a deep
        drill hole, such as that of an oil well (also called an
        oil derrick .
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
  
     Derrick crane, a combination of the derrick and the crane,
        having facility for hoisting and also for swinging the
        load horizontally.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  derrick
      n 1: a framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes
           to be raised and lowered
      2: a simple crane having lifting tackle slung from a boom

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "derrick":
     antenna tower, barbican, belfry, bell tower, campanile, colossus,
     column, crab, crane, cupola, dome, erector, fire tower, forklift,
     gantry crane, hoist, hydraulic tailgate, jack, jackscrew, lantern,
     lever, lift, lifter, lighthouse, martello, martello tower, mast,
     minaret, monument, obelisk, observation tower, pagoda, pilaster,
     pillar, pinnacle, pole, pylon, pyramid, shaft, skyscraper, spire,
     standpipe, steeple, stupa, tackle, television mast, tope, tour,
     tower, turret, water tower, windlass, windmill tower
  
  

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