verb (used with object), rigged, rig·ging.
- 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.
Origin of rig
Related Words for rigmachinery, equip, furnish, fix, manipulate, falsify, equipage, apparatus, paraphernalia, outfit, tackle, gear, fixtures, appoint, accouter, provision, kit, costume, attire
Examples from the Web for rig
Contemporary Examples of rig
Blue Book on this rig is about $750,000, and we got it for nothing.Why Does My Kids’ Elementary School Need a Tank?
September 13, 2014
You do that to a certain extent with performance capture by the way you calibrate the model of Caesar—or the rig, as we call it.
In 1971, a team of Soviet scientists was drilling at the site when their rig collapsed into a cavernous pocket of natural gas.A Fiery Pit Rages in the Turkmenistan Desert
August 1, 2013
It is the mark of a desperate party trying to rig the election results to stay in power for as long as it can.Republicans’ Nefarious Election Ploy
January 27, 2013
When Colin bit, they had control of it and the rig shot fake blood out of a tube.Colin Farrell Licked Me!
August 19, 2011
Historical Examples of rig
Even as he was speaking they had helped Mortimer from the rig.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"I'll send the rig in, t'morrow, if there's anything yuh want," he remarked.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
I can rig up a handy horse-stall with my spare spars and the grating.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Why, it's a mad thing you are doing, coming to meet me in that rig out!A Nest of Spies
But, as you need him, I suppose I must get my rig and driver somewhere else.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
verb rigs, rigging or rigged (tr)
Word Origin for rig
Word Origin for rig
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).