Definition of rigging
1a : lines and chains used aboard a ship especially in working sail and supporting masts and sparsb : 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
Recent Examples of rigging from the Web
The opposition disputes the outcome, citing rigging.
There are practically no external ropes or wires, no traditional rigging of any sort to brace the spars or control the nearly 26,000 square feet of sail.
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Origin and Etymology of rigging
Middle English ragging, riggyng fitting out of a ship
First Known Use: 1594
RIGGING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rigging for English Language Learners
: 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
RIGGING Defined for Kids
Definition of rigging for Students
: lines and chains used on a ship to help support the masts and sails
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