the difference among crane, hoist and derrick

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  • liliput

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    U.K. English
    According to the Pocket OED:

    A crane is a tall machine with a projecting arm for moving heavy objects.
    A derrick is a type of crane with a movable, pivoted arm.
    A hoist is a system of ropes/chains and pulleys.

    The definitions in watercanyon's excellent link are rather more detailed.


    Senior Member
    English UK
    Nice summary, liliput. :thumbsup:

    Zoe Lee, it's What's the difference between them? not What's the difference among them?
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