[ rig-er ]

  1. a person who rigs.

  2. a person whose occupation is the fitting of the rigging of ships.

  1. a person who works with hoisting tackle, cranes, scaffolding, etc.

  2. a protective structure around a construction site.

  3. Aeronautics.

    • a mechanic skilled in the assembly, adjustment, and alignment of aircraft control surfaces, wings, and the like.

Origin of rigger

First recorded in 1605–15; rig + -er1

Words Nearby rigger

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How to use rigger in a sentence

  • This is a rigger's job; but it is well to learn how everything is done, because you may be called upon to do it any moment.

  • But when he has hoisted sail, he sits on the out-rigger, as the sail balances the boat on the sailing side, opposite the wind.

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  • When this, and also accuracy in securing the various adjustments, has been learned, one is on the way to becoming a good rigger.

  • In order to carry it out methodically, the rigger should have a list of every part down to the smallest split-pin.

  • The motion imparted to the back roller by the band pulley or rigger m, was conveyed to the front one by toothed wheel work.

British Dictionary definitions for rigger


/ (ˈrɪɡə) /

  1. a workman who rigs vessels, etc

  2. rowing a bracket on a racing shell or other boat to support a projecting rowlock

  1. a person skilled in the use of pulleys, lifting gear, cranes, etc

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