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rigging

[rig-ing] /ˈrɪg ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the ropes, chains, etc., employed to support and work the masts, yards, sails, etc., on a ship.
2.
lifting or hauling tackle.
3.
Informal. clothing.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; rig + -ing1

rig

[rig] /rɪg/
verb (used with object), rigged, rigging.
1.
Chiefly Nautical.
  1. to put in proper order for working or use.
  2. to fit (a ship, mast, etc.) with the necessary shrouds, stays, etc.
  3. to fit (shrouds, stays, sails, etc.) to the mast, yard, or the like.
2.
to furnish or provide with equipment, clothing, etc.; fit (usually followed by out or up).
3.
to assemble, install, or prepare (often followed by up).
4.
to manipulate fraudulently:
to rig prices.
noun
5.
the arrangement of the masts, spars, sails, etc., on a boat or ship.
6.
apparatus for some purpose; equipment; outfit; gear:
a hi-fi rig; Bring your rod and reel and all the rest of your fishing rig.
7.
Also called drill rig. the equipment used in drilling an oil well.
8.
any combination trucking unit in which vehicles are hooked together, as a tractor-trailer.
9.
any kind of truck.
10.
a carriage, buckboard, sulky, or wagon together with the horse or horses that draw it.
11.
Informal. costume or dress, especially when odd or conspicuous, or when designated for a particular purpose:
He looks quite nifty in a butler's rig.
Verb phrases
12.
rig down, Nautical. to place in an inactive state, stowing all lines, tackles, and other removable parts.
13.
rig up, to equip or set up for use.
Origin
1480-90; 1930-35 for def 4; probably < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian, Swedish rigg (noun), rigga (v.)
Related forms
outrig, verb (used with object), outrigged, outrigging.
overrigged, adjective
underrigged, adjective
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Examples from the web for rigging
  • When the primary rigging gear broke loose, it caught the rigger's foot, causing him to lose his balance.
  • One lone rope was found trailing in the water, not hooked up to any rigging, with the ends frayed.
  • Yet from high in the rigging on a frozen mast, you can see the enormous swirls form.
  • If one were to design a system for election rigging, they could not have done better.
  • The machinations, lawsuits, jerry-rigging would cost the state billons while adding zip to the real economy.
  • We've solved that problem by rigging a rope on a cable to brush the snow off the roof.
  • rigging teaching evaluations and awards to put pressure on recalcitrant professors.
  • The strength is developed once it has been tied into a rigid box structure with the rigging wires.
  • No one has found one of their canoes or any rigging, which could reveal how the canoes were sailed.
  • We began an arduous day's work of hoisting some ten duffels of equipment out and pulling the rigging tackle.
British Dictionary definitions for rigging

rigging

/ˈrɪɡɪŋ/
noun
1.
the shrouds, stays, halyards, etc, of a vessel
2.
the bracing wires, struts, and lines of a biplane, balloon, etc
3.
any form of lifting gear, tackle, etc

rig1

/rɪɡ/
verb (transitive) rigs, rigging, rigged
1.
(nautical) to equip (a vessel, mast, etc) with (sails, rigging, etc)
2.
(nautical) to set up or prepare ready for use
3.
to put the components of (an aircraft, etc) into their correct positions
4.
to manipulate in a fraudulent manner, esp for profit: to rig prices, to rig an election
noun
5.
(nautical) the distinctive arrangement of the sails, masts, and other spars of a vessel
6.
the installation used in drilling for and exploiting natural oil and gas deposits: an oil rig In full drilling rig
7.
apparatus or equipment; gear
8.
an amateur radio operator's transmitting and receiving set
9.
(US & Canadian) a carriage together with one or more horses
10.
(mainly US & Canadian) an articulated lorry
See also rig down, rig out, rig up
Word Origin
C15: from Scandinavian; related to Norwegian rigga to wrap

rig2

/rɪɡ/
noun
1.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a ridge or raised strip of unploughed land in a ploughed field
Word Origin
a variant of ridge
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Word Origin and History for rigging
n.

late 15c., "action of fitting (a ship) with ropes, etc.; 1590s as "ropes that work the sails of a ship," verbal noun from rig (v.).

rig

v.

late 15c., originally nautical, "to fit with sails," probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish, Norwegian rigge "to equip," Swedish rigga "to rig, harness"), though these may be from English; perhaps ultimately from PIE *reig- "to bind." Slang meaning "to pre-arrange or tamper with results" is attested from 1938, perhaps a different word, from rig (n.) "a trick, swindle, scheme" (1775), earlier "sport, banter, ridicule" (1725), of unknown origin. Also there is rig (v.) "ransack" from 1560s, likewise of unknown origin. Related: Rigged; rigging.

n.

"distinctive arrangement of sails, masts, etc. on a ship," 1822, from rig (v.). Extended to costume, clothing outfit (1843); horse-drawn vehicle (1831), which led to sense of "truck, bus, etc." (1851); and apparatus for well-sinking (1875).

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Slang definitions & phrases for rigging

rig

noun
  1. (also rig-out) Clothing; outfit: How come you're wearing that rig?/ a waiter's or a chef's rig-out (1843+)
  2. A truck, bus, ambulance, etc (1930s+ Bus drivers & truckers)
verb

To prearrange or tamper with a result or process; fix: Prizefights or horse-races have been rigged (1930s+)


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Related Abbreviations for rigging

RIG

station equipment (shortwave transmission)
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Encyclopedia Article for rigging

the sails, masts, booms, yards, stays, and lines of a sailing vessel, or its cordage only.

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