Marconi rig


Mar·​co·​ni rig mär-ˈkō-nē- How to pronounce Marconi rig (audio)
: a fore-and-aft rig in which the sails are triangular and are not supported by gaffs

Word History


probably from the resemblance of the complex arrangement of stays and struts to that used to support the antennae used in wireless telegraphy, invented by Guglielmo Marconi

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Marconi rig was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Marconi rig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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