rigging

noun rig·ging \ ˈri-giŋ , -gən \
Updated on: 29 Dec 2017

Definition of rigging

1 a : 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

  1. They checked the rigging before they set sail.

  2. even at the Ivies they dress in the standard rigging of the college student: T-shirt and jeans

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Origin and Etymology of rigging

Middle English ragging, riggyng fitting out of a ship


RIGGING Defined for English Language Learners

rigging

noun

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

rigging

noun rig·ging \ ˈri-giŋ \

Definition of rigging for Students

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


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