standing rigging

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noun Nautical.

rigging remaining permanently in position as a means of steadying various spars, shrouds, stays, etc. (contrasted with running rigging).

Nearby words

  1. standing joke,
  2. standing martingale,
  3. standing on one's head,
  4. standing order,
  5. standing orders,
  6. standing room,
  7. standing wave,
  8. standish,
  9. standish, miles,
  10. standoff

Origin of standing rigging

First recorded in 1740–50

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Examples from the Web for standing rigging

  • All the standing-rigging and furniture having been cleared off the masts in the course of dismantling.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
  • It was a quantity of hemp cordage, for use principally as standing-rigging.

    Under the Meteor Flag|Harry Collingwood


British Dictionary definitions for standing rigging

standing rigging

noun

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