rig·​ging ˈri-giŋ How to pronounce rigging (audio)
: lines and chains used aboard a ship especially in working sail and supporting masts and spars
: a similar network (as in theater scenery) used for support and manipulation

Examples of rigging in a Sentence

They checked the rigging before they set sail. even at the Ivies they dress in the standard rigging of the college student: T-shirt and jeans
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Word History


Middle English ragging, riggyng fitting out of a ship

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of rigging was in 1594

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“Rigging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigging. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


rig·​ging ˈrig-iŋ How to pronounce rigging (audio)
: the ropes and chains used aboard a ship especially in working sail and supporting masts and spars
: equipment for supporting and working something (as theater scenery)

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