- Chiefly Nautical.
- to put in proper order for working or use.
- to fit (a ship, mast, etc.) with the necessary shrouds, stays, etc.
- to fit (shrouds, stays, sails, etc.) to the mast, yard, or the like.
- to furnish or provide with equipment, clothing, etc.; fit (usually followed by out or up).
- to assemble, install, or prepare (often followed by up).
- to manipulate fraudulently: to rig prices.
- the arrangement of the masts, spars, sails, etc., on a boat or ship.
- apparatus for some purpose; equipment; outfit; gear: a hi-fi rig; Bring your rod and reel and all the rest of your fishing rig.
- Also called drill rig. the equipment used in drilling an oil well.
- any combination trucking unit in which vehicles are hooked together, as a tractor-trailer.
- any kind of truck.
- a carriage, buckboard, sulky, or wagon together with the horse or horses that draw it.
- 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.
- rig down, Nautical. to place in an inactive state, stowing all lines, tackles, and other removable parts.
- rig up, to equip or set up for use.
Origin of rig
Examples from the Web for rigged
This sick status quo is a result of the rigged system of redistricting.
But New Yorkers have an important chance to reform their rigged system.
They hate attack ads and want change, but believe the American political system is rigged.Yes, Independent Swing Voters Are Real. And May Decide Who Wins Elections
November 3, 2014
In 1965, amid political tensions, regional elections were rigged by the ruling party in Western Nigeria.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life
August 9, 2014
I heard about someone having to shoot a boy, out of fear he was rigged with a bomb trigger.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War
July 19, 2014
Galusha, of course, would have rigged me up like the Queen of Sheba, if he had had his way.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
"I rigged that canvas on the oar as soon as possible," I answered.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
She's rigged out like a real peacock; and her face is painted, too.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
On the bench, stout-hulled and bravely masted, was a bark to be rigged.The Cruise of the Shining Light
They'd rigged up a battering-ram and allowed they meant to smash in our front door.Shorty McCabe
- nautical to equip (a vessel, mast, etc) with (sails, rigging, etc)
- nautical to set up or prepare ready for use
- to put the components of (an aircraft, etc) into their correct positions
- to manipulate in a fraudulent manner, esp for profitto rig prices; to rig an election
- nautical the distinctive arrangement of the sails, masts, and other spars of a vessel
- the installation used in drilling for and exploiting natural oil and gas depositsan oil rig In full: drilling rig
- apparatus or equipment; gear
- an amateur radio operator's transmitting and receiving set
- US and Canadian a carriage together with one or more horses
- mainly US and Canadian an articulated lorry
- Scot and Northern English dialect a ridge or raised strip of unploughed land in a ploughed field
Word Origin and History for rigged
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.
"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).