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standing rigging

noun, Nautical
1.
rigging remaining permanently in position as a means of steadying various spars, shrouds, stays, etc. (contrasted with running rigging).
Origin of standing rigging
1740-1750
1740-50
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  • Both our topsail-yards were wounded, and several braces and much of our standing rigging shot through.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • The standing rigging is the whole assemblage of ropes by which the masts are supported.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • The bowsprit became mere debris which dangled foolishly from the standing rigging.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Every day a gang of us were taken ashore to fit up the standing rigging.

  • Of course, all canvas and running gear had rotted away, but here and there was a leg of standing rigging, preserved by the tar.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • After the masts are stepped and the bowsprit put in, the standing rigging is "set up."

  • The standing rigging was first cut through, then that on the other side, when a few strokes sent the mast overboard.

  • Those which are seized upon a vessel's standing rigging, to prevent its being chafed.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The shrouds and standing rigging had been pulled taut with many a "Yo, heave ho!"

  • You do not need to follow out every line in the standing rigging even, in order to paint a ship properly.

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
British Dictionary definitions for standing rigging

standing rigging

noun
1.
the stays, shrouds, and other more or less fixed, though adjustable, wires and ropes that support the masts of a sailing vessel Compare running rigging
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