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standing rigging

noun, Nautical.
rigging remaining permanently in position as a means of steadying various spars, shrouds, stays, etc. (contrasted with running rigging).
Origin of standing rigging
1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • All the standing-rigging and furniture having been cleared off the masts in the course of dismantling.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It was a quantity of hemp cordage, for use principally as standing-rigging.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
British Dictionary definitions for standing-rigging

standing rigging

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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