rig·​ging | \ ˈri-giŋ How to pronounce rigging (audio) , -gən \

Definition of rigging

1a : lines and chains used aboard a ship especially in working sail and supporting masts and spars
b : a similar network (as in theater scenery) used for support and manipulation

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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
Recent Examples on the Web That includes false claims about election rigging or ballot tampering or about the outcome of the vote, including claiming victory before results have been certified, according to the company. CBS News, "Twitter to pull down or label misleading posts about election results," 10 Sep. 2020 This includes comments that might sow doubt in the voting process, unconfirmed statements about election rigging and ballot tampering, and any declarations about election results that might interfere with the voting process. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "Twitter Plans To Fact-Check Trump For The Rest Of The Election, So You Don’t Have To," 10 Sep. 2020 The rigging should survive multiple bread-lowering trips. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Making some dough: Meet 5 Dallas-area bakers going big with a bread business," 2 Sep. 2020 In 2013, the Wall Street investment bank JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay $410 million to settle a federal investigation into bid-rigging in the Cal ISO power market. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolling blackouts raise questions about potential for market manipulation," 23 Aug. 2020 Praxair and two other companies were fined $8 million in 2010 for bid-rigging in Peru. Madlen Davies, Quartz Africa, "Lack of oxygen leaves patients in Africa gasping for air," 11 Aug. 2020 Indeed, the biggest recent example of actual tinpot dictatorship-style election rigging was committed by a North Carolina Republican operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, on behalf of Mark Harris, GOP candidate for the state's 9th District in 2018. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Donald Trump is trying to steal the election," 11 Aug. 2020 Early balloting began Tuesday in Belarus ahead of Sunday's presidential election, which the opposition sees as fertile ground for vote-rigging. Yuras Karmanau, Star Tribune, "Belarus leader pledges allegiance to Russia despite rift," 4 Aug. 2020 The wind hums through the rigging of the yachts in the marina, mingling with tinny uillean pipe music blasting from a speaker near a gift shop stocked with dolphin T-shirts, jewelry, and toys. Cathleen O'grady, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Dolphin Has Been Living Solo in This Irish Harbor for Decades," 22 July 2020

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First Known Use of rigging

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rigging

Middle English ragging, riggyng fitting out of a ship

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The first known use of rigging was in 1594

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20 Sep 2020

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“Rigging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigging. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rigging

: the ropes and chains that are used on a ship to help support the masts and sails
: equipment that is used for supporting and using lights, curtains, etc., in a theater


rig·​ging | \ ˈri-giŋ How to pronounce rigging (audio) \

Kids Definition of rigging

: lines and chains used on a ship to help support the masts and sails

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