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[rig-er] /ˈrɪg ər/
a person who rigs.
a person whose occupation is the fitting of the rigging of ships.
a person who works with hoisting tackle, cranes, scaffolding, etc.
a protective structure around a construction site.
  1. a mechanic skilled in the assembly, adjustment, and alignment of aircraft control surfaces, wings, and the like.
  2. parachute rigger.
Origin of rigger
1605-15; rig + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This lathe B moves upon an upright shaft e, and is actuated by a twisted band passing from the main shaft, round the rigger f.

  • Only experience will teach the rigger what tension to employ.

  • As we passed alee of the grain-carrier there was no doubt of the truth of the rigger's assurance.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • The blacksmith, the rigger, the calker, took their pay in shares.

    The Old Merchant Marine Ralph D. Paine
  • "Never mind the rigger family just now, Camel," interrupted Mr. Rover.

    The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
  • They are of interest to designers, but this is written for the practical pilot and rigger.

  • This is a rigger's job; but it is well to learn how everything is done, because you may be called upon to do it any moment.

  • In order to carry it out methodically, the rigger should have a list of every part down to the smallest split-pin.

  • Mr. Binney held his course until the nose of his boat was level with No. 5's rigger.

    Peter Binney Archibald Marshall
  • She kin go 'er fifty knots, an'll be orf like a rigger afore we gits anywheres near 'er.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
British Dictionary definitions for rigger


a workman who rigs vessels, etc
(rowing) a bracket on a racing shell or other boat to support a projecting rowlock
a person skilled in the use of pulleys, lifting gear, cranes, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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