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ˈrɪg ɪŋrig·ging

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rigging, tacklenoun

    gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails

  2. rig, riggingnoun

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


  1. riggingnoun

    The system of ropes, chains, and tackle used to support and control the masts, sails, and yards of a ship

  2. riggingnoun

    Similar supporting material for construction work

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Riggingnoun

    The sails or tackling of a ship.

    Etymology: from rig.

    To plow the deep,
    To make fit rigging, or to build a ship. Thomas Creech.

    His batter’d rigging their whole war receives;
    All bare, like some old oak with tempests beat,
    He stands, and sees below his scatter’d leaves. Dryden.


  1. Rigging

    Rigging comprises the system of ropes, cables and chains, which support a sailing ship or sail boat's masts—standing rigging, including shrouds and stays—and which adjust the position of the vessel's sails and spars to which they are attached—the running rigging, including halyards, braces, sheets and vangs.


  1. rigging

    Rigging generally refers to the system or process of setting up, adjusting, or manipulating equipment, machinery, or structures using pulleys, ropes, chains, and other apparatuses. It is commonly used in construction, film production, sailing vessels, and theatrical performances to lift, move or position heavy objects. Rigging can also refer to the act of manipulating a situation or system dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rigging

    of Rig

  2. Riggingnoun

    dRess; tackle; especially (Naut.), the ropes, chains, etc., that support the masts and spars of a vessel, and serve as purchases for adjusting the sails, etc. See Illustr. of Ship and Sails


  1. Rigging

    Rigging is the apparatus through which the force of the wind is used to propel sailboats and sailing ships forward. This includes masts, yards, sails, and cordage.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rigging

    A general name given to all the ropes or chains employed to support the masts, and arrange the sails according to the direction of the wind. Those are termed "standing" which are comparative fixtures, and support the masts, &c.; and those "running," which are in constant use, to trim the yards, and make or shorten sail, &c.

Editors Contribution

  1. rigging

    Rigging is a specialized art of lifting or moving loads with machine and equipment from point A to point B

    Submitted by mikelwisdom504 on December 8, 2020  

  2. rigging

    Rigging is a specialized art of lifting or moving loads with machine and equipment from point A to point B.

    Submitted by anonymous on December 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rigging in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rigging in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of rigging in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Dale:

    Donald Trump Jr. is touting baseless election-rigging claims in videos posted to Facebook and Twitter asking' able-bodied' people to join an election security' army' for Joe Biden father, facebook and Twitter affixed labels to the video pointing to accurate information about voting, but neither company said the video violated its election integrity rules in a way that would result in it being removed. Twitter labeled the video only after being asked about it by CNN on Wednesday. The video had been on its site since Monday.

  2. Jim Lamon:

    If you are pissed off at the direction of our country, let's go, if you're ready to secure the border and stop the invasion, let's go. You want to keep corrupt politicians from rigging elections, let's go.

  3. Milo Avidane:

    They were rigging the HVAC unit through a hole on the top floor, and and it never made it into the building.

  4. Imran Khan:

    (The) public is demanding accountability of corrupt leaders of political parties, now, each time there is an attempt to hold them accountable, they all get together and start saying its anti-democratic, and in this case they are saying it's pre-poll rigging.

  5. Michael Avenatti:

    Stormy only wanted to be released from the NDA initially. I saw The Daniels case in a larger sense, i saw The Daniels case as Donald Trump and Michael Cohen rigging the 2016 election by covering up Donald Trump relationship with Stormy Daniels. I recognized the campaign finance violations from the very first meeting that I had with Stormy Daniels.

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