rig·ging | \ˈri-giŋ, -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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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 The opposition is even, for the first time, organizing an operation to count the entire national vote independently, to counter any attempt at vote rigging. New York Times, "Turkish Opposition Hopes 4 Parties Are Mightier Than 1 Against Erdogan," 9 June 2018 These opposition parties claim to have faced systematic vote rigging. Christine Mccaffray Van Den Toorn, Washington Post, "Was Iraq’s recent election a democratic success? Depends whom you ask.," 23 May 2018 What could be used or not used to simplify this rigging? . Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Gear You Need to Get Your Truck Unstuck," 19 June 2018 Accusations of rigging games by selecting favourable referees began to fly. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 3 Weeks To Go - When Italy Ruled in 2006 in the Face of Domestic Turmoil," 4 June 2018 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 The automaker has claimed the engine rigging was done by a small group of engineers. Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg.com, "Porsche Ordered to Reveal Who Knew What About VW Diesel Scam," 12 Jan. 2018 With Sunday’s election, Turkey will transform from a parliamentary democracy into a presidential one, thanks to a constitutional referendum that passed narrowly last year amid accusations of vote rigging. New York Times, "Turkey’s Election: What to Watch For," 24 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 \

Kids Definition of rigging

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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