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standing rigging

noun, Nautical.
rigging remaining permanently in position as a means of steadying various spars, shrouds, stays, etc. (contrasted with running rigging).
Origin of standing rigging
First recorded in 1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The standing rigging is the whole assemblage of ropes by which the masts are supported.

    All Afloat

    William Wood
  • The outboard mooring-lines were now tight as standing rigging.

    Caleb West, Master Diver F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Every day a gang of us were taken ashore to fit up the standing rigging.

  • Her standing rigging was mended with strands of twisted cow-hide.

    The Golden Galleon Robert Leighton
  • Her standing rigging, being of wire, was merely rusted, but her running gear was something too appalling to think about.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
  • Both our topsail-yards were wounded, and several braces and much of our standing rigging shot through.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • Our standing rigging was of grass, and wiry enough to cut even hands that were used to it.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • After the masts are stepped and the bowsprit put in, the standing rigging is "set up."

  • The bowsprit became mere debris which dangled foolishly from the standing rigging.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Those which are seized upon a vessel's standing rigging, to prevent its being chafed.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for standing rigging

standing rigging

the stays, shrouds, and other more or less fixed, though adjustable, wires and ropes that support the masts of a sailing vessel Compare running rigging
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