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
2 : clothing

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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

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The rigging and training is by Flying by Foy, a Las Vegas company that specializes in theatrical flight for Broadway, cruise lines, TV and film production and other presentations. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "How St. Luke’s puts the magic in ‘Mary Poppins’," 13 Aug. 2019 Gangland violence is presented as the egalitarian leveller in a system that’s rigged against the poor, women, and people of color, rather than as a part of the rigging. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Kitchen,” Reviewed: An Engrossing Mob-Wife Drama That’s Relegated to a Table Read," 8 Aug. 2019 The Justice Department said Microsoft will also pay an $8.75 million criminal fine stemming from the Hungarian bid-rigging and bribery scheme. BostonGlobe.com, "State calls off bidding on East Boston railroad right-of-way," 24 July 2019 In the West, few top banking execs have personally been charged for their purported role in the subprime mortgage crisis, rate rigging, money laundering, and a host of other misdeeds. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Malaysia says Goldman Sachs bosses should face jail for the bank’s alleged role in a corruption scandal," 9 Aug. 2019 The canister was left unsupported for up to an hour by the rigging and lifting equipment intended to shoulder the canister’s weight. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Transfers of canisters filled with nuclear waste resume at San Onofre," 16 July 2019 Murphy Industrial Products, a wholesale rigging supplier, has leased 12,140 square feet at 1430 N. Post Oak Road from Prologis. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate briefs: CustomSpace brings industrial coworking to Texas," 13 July 2018 Buy Photo Some local investors are finally receiving payback from banks that cheated customers in an interest-rate rigging scandal, and the money is being returned courtesy of the Pennsylvania Attorney General. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "AG Shapiro: Pa. investors get back money from interest-rate rigging," 19 June 2018 Consisting of ropes, pulleys, blocks, and counterweights, the rigging system enables stage crews to deploy the technical components of a production. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "Construction mishap at Colonial could delay ‘Moulin Rouge!’," 12 June 2018

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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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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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