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running rigging

noun, Nautical.
rigging for handling sails, yards, etc. (contrasted with standing rigging).
rigging for handling cargo.
Origin of running rigging
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The running rigging consists of the ropes used in handling the yards and sails, and every rope has a distinguishing name.

  • A hook employed for some of the ends of the running rigging.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • They also cut the standing and running rigging, which would effectually prevent her from making sail for a long time to come.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • To cut or fit the standing and running rigging to the masts, &c.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • We stripped her of every stitch and sliver until she floated high, an empty hull, even her spars and running rigging ashore.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Those which are made fast to the running rigging or tackles.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • On many yachts the rope used in the running rigging is too small.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • The running rigging had been overhauled, and it travelled handsomely.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • Also, a line with thimbles as fair-leaders for running rigging.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • running rigging are those which run through blocks or pulleys.

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
British Dictionary definitions for running rigging

running rigging

(nautical) the wires and ropes used to control the operations of a sailing vessel Compare standing rigging
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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