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rig

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verb \ˈrig\

Definition of rig

riggedrigging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fit out (as a ship) with rigging

  3. 2 :  clothe, dress —usually used with out

  4. 3 :  to furnish with special gear :  equip

  5. 4 a :  to put in condition or position for use :  adjust, arrange <a car rigged for manual control> b :  construct <rig up a temporary shelter>



Origin of rig

probably back-formation from rigging


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Nautical Terms

Rhymes with rig


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rig

noun

Simple Definition of rig

  • : equipment or machinery that is used for a particular purpose

  • : a large truck that is attached to a trailer

  • : the way the sails and masts are arranged on a ship or boat

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rig

  1. 1 :  the distinctive shape, number, and arrangement of sails and masts of a ship

  2. 2 :  equipage; especially :  a carriage with its horse

  3. 3 :  clothing, dress

  4. 4 :  tackle, equipment, or machinery fitted for a specified purpose <an oil-drilling rig>

  5. 5 :  a tractor-trailer combination

Examples of rig in a sentence

  1. He drives a big rig.

  2. the rig of a schooner



1822

First Known Use of rig

1822

Other Nautical Terms


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rig

verb

Definition of rig

riggedrigging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to manipulate or control usually by deceptive or dishonest means <rig an election>

  3. 2 :  to fix in advance for a desired result <rig the contest>



Origin of rig

rig, noun, a swindle


First Known Use: 1851



RIG Defined for Kids

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rig

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verb \ˈrig\

Definition of rig for Students

riggedrigging

  1. 1 :  to build or set up usually quickly and for temporary use <We rigged up a shelter of branches.>

  2. 2 :  to provide (as a ship) with rigging

  3. 3 :  clothe 1, dress

  4. 4 :  to provide with gear <The firefighters were rigged out in protective suits.>




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rig

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noun

Definition of rig for Students

  1. 1 :  the shape, number, and arrangement of sails and masts of a ship that sets it apart from other types of ships

  2. 2 :  equipment or machinery for a certain purpose <an oil-drilling rig>





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