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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for standing rigging

Historical Examples of standing rigging

  • It was a quantity of hemp cordage, for use principally as standing-rigging.

    Under the Meteor Flag

    Harry Collingwood

  • 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

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 vesselCompare running rigging
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