rigging

[rig-ing]
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:
1480–90; rig + -ing1

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rig

[rig]
verb (used with object), rigged, rigging.
1.
Chiefly Nautical.
a.
to put in proper order for working or use.
b.
to fit (a ship, mast, etc.) with the necessary shrouds, stays, etc.
c.
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.)

outrig, verb (used with object), outrigged, outrigging.
overrigged, adjective
underrigged, adjective
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rig1 (rɪɡ)
 
vb , 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
 
n
5.  nautical the distinctive arrangement of the sails, masts, and other spars of a vessel
6.  In full: drilling rig the installation used in drilling for and exploiting natural oil and gas deposits: an oil 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.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) an articulated lorry
 
[C15: from Scandinavian; related to Norwegian rigga to wrap]

rig2 (rɪɡ)
 
n
dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a ridge or raised strip of unploughed land in a ploughed field
 
[a variant of ridge]

rigging (ˈrɪɡɪŋ)
 
n
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

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rig
c.1489, originally nautical, "to fit with sails," probably from a Scand. source (cf. Dan., Norw. rigge "to equip," Swed. rigga "to rig"), though these may be from Eng. Slang meaning "to pre-arrange or tamper with results" is attested from 1938. The noun meaning "distinctive arrangement of sails, masts,
etc. on a ship" is first recorded 1822; extended to horse vehicles (1831), which led to sense of "truck, bus, etc." (1851).
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Slang Dictionary

rig definition


  1. tv.
    to arrange or tamper with the results of something. : Somebody rigged the contest so no one got first prize.
  2. n.
    a large truck; an eighteen-wheeler; a large recreational vehicle. : There were three rigs sitting in the parking lot when we got there.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
RIG
station equipment (shortwave transmission)
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rigging

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

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Example sentences
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.
If one were to design a system for election rigging, they could not have done
  better.
No one has found one of their canoes or any rigging, which could reveal how the
  canoes were sailed.
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