Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

running rigging

noun, Nautical.
1.
rigging for handling sails, yards, etc. (contrasted with standing rigging).
2.
rigging for handling cargo.
Origin of running rigging
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for running rigging
Historical Examples
  • The running rigging had been overhauled, and it travelled handsomely.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • To cut or fit the standing and running rigging to the masts, &c.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A hook employed for some of the ends of the running rigging.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Those which are made fast to the running rigging or tackles.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Also, a line with thimbles as fair-leaders for running rigging.

    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
  • running rigging are those which run through blocks or pulleys.

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
  • It was discovered, at length, that our vessel needed some running rigging.

    The Captive in Patagonia Benjamin Franklin Bourne
  • The standing and running rigging was in the most perfect order, and the sails white as snow.

    The Coral Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • The fore-topmast was in its place, the main-topgallant-mast replaced, and the standing and running rigging nearly finished.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
British Dictionary definitions for running rigging

running rigging

noun
1.
(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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for running rigging

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for running

8
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for running rigging