rig

1 of 3

verb (1)

rigged; rigging

transitive verb

1
: to fit out with rigging
rig a ship
2
: clothe, dress
usually used with out
3
: to furnish with special gear : equip
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

rig

2 of 3

noun

1
: the distinctive shape, number, and arrangement of sails and masts of a ship
2
: equipage
especially : a carriage with its horse
3
4
: tackle, equipment, or machinery fitted for a specified purpose
an oil-drilling rig
5
: a tractor-trailer combination

rig

3 of 3

verb (2)

rigged; rigging

transitive verb

1
: to manipulate or control usually by deceptive or dishonest means
rig an election
2
: to fix in advance for a desired result
rig the contest

Example Sentences

Noun He drives a big rig. the rig of a schooner

Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

probably back-formation from rigging

Verb (2)

rig, noun, a swindle

First Known Use

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rig was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rig. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

rig

1 of 3 verb
rigged; rigging
1
: to fit out (as a ship) with rigging
2
: clothe sense 1a, dress
usually used with out
3
a
: to furnish with gear : equip
b
: to set up usually for temporary use : construct
rig up a temporary shelter
rigger noun

rig

2 of 3 noun
1
: the shape, number, and arrangement of sails and masts of a ship that sets it apart from ships of other types
the rig of a schooner
2
: equipage sense 2
especially : a carriage with its horse
3
4
: tackle, equipment, or machinery fitted for a certain purpose
an oil-drilling rig

rig

3 of 3 verb
rigged; rigging
: to fix in advance so that the outcome will be known
rig an election

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