- the ropes, chains, etc., employed to support and work the masts, yards, sails, etc., on a ship.
- lifting or hauling tackle.
- Informal. clothing.
Origin of rigging
- 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 rigging
There were reports of rigging, fraud and the use of violence to influence voting.Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Choose Their Next President
July 11, 2014
“People are really upset and motivated by the idea that the wealthy are rigging the game in their favor,” he said.Can This Ornery Socialist Spoil the Clinton Coronation?
July 2, 2014
Children have fantasy lives so rich and combustible that rigging them with lies is like putting a propeller on a rocket.Why Jimmy Kimmel’s Lies Matter
November 19, 2013
And with a history of elections marred by rigging, voters were particularly sensitive and vocal about hints of irregularities.All Calm at Polls as Kenya Votes in Crucial Election
March 4, 2013
I soon began to climb the rigging of the brig, ascending to the mast-heads.
The sight of these chaps set up all my rigging, and I felt ripe for fun.
The pinnace was then stripped of her rigging and of all the goods which remained.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
I started as though I had seen a tabby pounce down from the rigging!The Rambles of a Rat
A. L. O. E.
The wind, falling over the cliff, played mournfully in the rigging.Billy Topsail & Company
- the shrouds, stays, halyards, etc, of a vessel
- the bracing wires, struts, and lines of a biplane, balloon, etc
- any form of lifting gear, tackle, etc
- 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 rigging
late 15c., "action of fitting (a ship) with ropes, etc.; 1590s as "ropes that work the sails of a ship," verbal noun from rig (v.).
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).