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

  Crane \Crane\ (kr[=a]n), n. [AS. cran; akin to D. & LG. craan,
     G. kranich, krahn (this in sense 2), Gr. ge`ranos, L. grus,
     W. & Armor. garan, OSlav. zerav[i^], Lith. gerve, Icel.
     trani, Sw. trana, Dan. trane. [root]24. Cf. Geranium.]
     1. (Zool.) A wading bird of the genus Grus, and allied
        genera, of various species, having a long, straight bill,
        and long legs and neck.
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     Note: The common European crane is Grus cinerea. The
           sand-hill crane ({Grus Mexicana) and the whooping
           crane ({Grus Americana) are large American species.
           The Balearic or crowned crane is Balearica pavonina.
           The name is sometimes erroneously applied to the herons
           and cormorants.
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     2. Any arm which swings about a vertical axis at one end,
        used for supporting a suspended weight.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     3. A machine for raising and lowering heavy weights, and,
        while holding them suspended, transporting them through a
        limited lateral distance. In one form it consists of a
        projecting arm or jib of timber or iron, a rotating post
        or base, and the necessary tackle, windlass, etc.; -- so
        called from a fancied similarity between its arm and the
        neck of a crane See Illust. of Derrick.
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     4. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side
        or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over
        a fire.
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     5. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
        [1913 Webster]
     6. (Naut.) A forked post or projecting bracket to support
        spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2.
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     7. (Zool.) The American blue heron ({Ardea herodias).
        [Local, U. S.]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Crane fly (Zool.), a dipterous insect with long legs, of
        the genus Tipula.
     Derrick crane. See Derrick.
     Gigantic crane. (Zool.) See Adjutant, n., 3.
     Traveling crane, Traveler crane, Traversing crane
        (Mach.), a crane mounted on wheels; esp., an overhead
        crane consisting of a crab or other hoisting apparatus
        traveling on rails or beams fixed overhead, as in a
        machine shop or foundry.
     Water crane, a kind of hydrant with a long swinging spout,
        for filling locomotive tenders, water carts, etc., with
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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
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     2. (Mining) The pyramidal structure or tower over a deep
        drill hole, such as that of an oil well (also called an
        oil derrick .
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     Derrick crane, a combination of the derrick and the crane,
        having facility for hoisting and also for swinging the
        load horizontally.
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