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running rigging

noun, Nautical.
rigging for handling sails, yards, etc. (contrasted with standing rigging).
rigging for handling cargo.
Origin of running rigging
1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A name formerly given to any short pendant and thimble, through which running-rigging was led.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It is furnished with wooden pins to fasten the running-rigging to, as occasion requires.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Stoppers are also pieces of rope used to prevent the running-rigging from coming up whilst being belayed.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Also, applied to any pendant and thimble through which running-rigging was led, now commonly called a lizard.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • For running-rigging, nothing is better than laid or braided cotton cord, such as is used for awnings and sash-cords.

    Boat-Building and Boating Daniel Carter Beard
  • It was a natural observatory; the running-rigging alone was taken down.

British Dictionary definitions for running-rigging

running rigging

(nautical) the wires and ropes used to control the operations of a sailing vessel Compare standing rigging
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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