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running rigging

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noun Nautical.
  1. rigging for handling sails, yards, etc. (contrasted with standing rigging).
  2. rigging for handling cargo.

Origin of running rigging

First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for running rigging

Historical Examples

  • It is furnished with wooden pins to fasten the running-rigging to, as occasion requires.

    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

  • 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

  • A name formerly given to any short pendant and thimble, through which running-rigging was led.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for running rigging

running rigging

noun
  1. nautical the wires and ropes used to control the operations of a sailing vesselCompare standing rigging
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