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

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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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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21 Sep 2022

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“Rigging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigging. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for rigging


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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