What does rig mean?

Definitions for rig

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word rig.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rignoun

    gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise

  2. trailer truck, tractor trailer, trucking rig, rig, articulated lorry, seminoun

    a truck consisting of a tractor and trailer together

  3. rig, riggingnoun

    formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel

  4. outfit, getup, rig, turnoutnoun

    a set of clothing (with accessories)

    "his getup was exceedingly elegant"

  5. fishing gear, tackle, fishing tackle, fishing rig, rignoun

    gear used in fishing

  6. carriage, equipage, rignoun

    a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses

  7. swindle, cheat, rigverb

    the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme

    "that book is a fraud"

  8. rig, set upverb

    arrange the outcome of by means of deceit

    "rig an election"

  9. rig, manipulateverb

    manipulate in a fraudulent manner

    "rig prices"

  10. rigverb

    connect or secure to

    "They rigged the bomb to the ignition"

  11. rig, set, set upverb

    equip with sails or masts

    "rig a ship"


  1. rignoun

    The rigging of a sailing ship or other such craft.

  2. rignoun

    Special equipment or gear used for a particular purpose.

  3. rignoun

    A large truck such as a semi-tractor.

  4. rignoun

    The special apparatus used for drilling wells.

  5. rignoun

    A costume or an outfit.

  6. rignoun

    Computer case, often modified for looks.

  7. rignoun

    An imperfectly castrated horse, sheep etc.

  8. rignoun

    A Citizens' band radio.

  9. rigverb

    To fit out with a harness or other equipment.

  10. rigverb

    To equip and fit a ship with sails, shrouds, and yards.

  11. rigverb

    To dress or clothe in some costume.

  12. rigverb

    To make or construct something in haste or in a makeshift manner.

  13. rigverb

    To manipulate something dishonestly for personal gain or discriminatory purposes.

    to rig an election

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RIGnoun

    Rig, ridge, seem to signify the top of a hill falling on each side; from the Saxon, hrigg ; and the Islandick, briggur, both signifying a back. Edmund Gibson Camden.

  2. To Rigverb

    Etymology: from rig or ridge, the back.

    Jack was rigged out in his gold and silver lace, with a feather in his cap; and a pretty figure he made in the world. Roger L'Estrange.

    He, like a foolish pilot, hath shipwreck’d
    My vessel gloriously rigg’d. John Milton, Agonistes.

    The sinner shall set forth like a ship launched into the wide sea, not only well built and rigged; but also carried on with full wind. Robert South, Sermons.

    He bids them rig the fleet. John Denham.

    He rigged out another small fleet, and the Achæans engaged him with theirs. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. rig

    A rig generally refers to a structure or device designed for a specific purpose. It is most commonly used to refer to the equipment used for drilling oil and gas, known as drilling rig. It can also be used for other structures or setups, such as a fishing rig, photography rig, sailing rig, or computer rig. The exact definition depends on the context in which the term is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rignoun

    a ridge

  2. Rigverb

    to furnish with apparatus or gear; to fit with tackling

  3. Rigverb

    to dress; to equip; to clothe, especially in an odd or fanciful manner; -- commonly followed by out

  4. Rignoun

    the peculiar fitting in shape, number, and arrangement of sails and masts, by which different types of vessels are distinguished; as, schooner rig, ship rig, etc. See Illustration in Appendix

  5. Rignoun

    dress; esp., odd or fanciful clothing

  6. Rignoun

    a romp; a wanton; one given to unbecoming conduct

  7. Rignoun

    a sportive or unbecoming trick; a frolic

  8. Rignoun

    a blast of wind

  9. Rigverb

    to play the wanton; to act in an unbecoming manner; to play tricks

  10. Rigverb

    to make free with; hence, to steal; to pilfer

  11. Etymology: [See Ridge.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rig

    rig, v.t. to clothe, to dress: to put on: to equip: (naut.) to fit with sails and tackling:—pr.p. rig′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. rigged.—n. sails and tackling: an equipage, or turn-out, for driving, &c.: fishing-tackle: (coll.) costume, dress.—ns. Rig′ger, one who rigs or dresses: in machinery, a large cylindrical pulley, or narrow drum; Rig′ging, tackle: the system of cordage which supports a ship's masts and extends the sails: the roof; Rig′ging-loft, the place in a theatre from which the scenery is raised; Rig′ging-screw, a machine formed of a clamp worked by a screw; Rig′ging-tree, a roof-tree; Rig′-out, an outfit.—Rig out, to furnish with complete dress, &c.; Rig the market, to raise or lower prices artificially. [Scand.; Norw. rigga, to bandage, to put on sails, rigg, rigging.]

  2. Rig

    rig, n. (Scot.) a ridge: a path. [Ridge.]

  3. Rig

    rig, n. a frolic, trick: (obs.) a wanton.—v.i. to romp, act the wanton.—adj. Rig′gish (Shak.), wanton, lewd.—n. Rig′gite, one who plays rigs, a jester.—Run a rig, to play a trick; Run the rig upon, to play a trick upon. [Prob. wriggle.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rig

    Colloquially, mischievous frolic not carried to excess.

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Anagrams for rig »

  1. G.R.I.

  2. GRI

  3. IrG

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rig in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rig in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of rig in a Sentence

  1. John Challenger:

    The jobs that are most vulnerable are those in the field - engineers, oil rig operators, drill operators, refinery operators.

  2. Carsten Fritsch:

    OPEC was much too optimistic on non-OPEC supply, it is reasonable to cut supply growth outside OPEC, given the recent developments in the U.S. rig count.

  3. Eric Holder:

    The redistricting reform passed today in Ohio makes it much harder for politicians to rig elections through gerrymandering and gives me hope that we can restore fairness to our elections in states around the country, ohio has proven that when citizens work together to demand their elected officials support a fair redistricting process, positive change is possible.

  4. Jeff Miller:

    In those (past) cases we experienced a rapid correction to the rig count going from peak to trough over a three-quarter period.

  5. Phil Flynn:

    Crude was already lower on concerns about the global economy and the rig count added to the negativity.

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Translations for rig

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  • تلاعبArabic
  • aparellCatalan, Valencian
  • Bohrturm, manipulieren, Anlage, Bohrinsel, Sattelschlepper, Vorrichtung, Takelung, Ausrüstung, Aufmachung, Takelage, auftakelnGerman
  • εξοπλισμόςGreek
  • aparejo, trucar, manipular, aparejarSpanish
  • دکلPersian
  • riki, lavastaa, takila, öljynporaustorni, takiloida, laitteisto, sumpliaFinnish
  • habiller quelqu'un, costume, truquer, gréer un bateau, foreuse, se cuirasser, bâcler, grééments, tenueFrench
  • riogaScottish Gaelic
  • सामानHindi
  • attrezzatura, apparecchiatura, attrezzareItalian
  • リグJapanese
  • iemand aankleden, een schip optuigen, ineenflansen, harnassen, vervalsenDutch
  • equipamentoPortuguese
  • фальсифицировать, буровая вышка, оснастка, костюм, такелаж, снаряжение, установка, снаряжатьRussian
  • riggaSwedish
  • เสกสรรThai

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
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